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New Zealand hit by injuries: Star duo ruled out of Pakistan T20 series

New Zealand hit by injuries: Star duo ruled out of Pakistan T20 series

Despite the setbacks, the New Zealand team is en route to Pakistan. The first three T20Is will be played in Rawalpindi, followed by the final two matches in Lahore.

Pakistan vs New Zealand T20 series: New Zealand‘s T20 tour of Pakistan has suffered a double blow with key players Finn Allen and Adam Milne ruled out due to injury.

Finn Allen out with Back Injury

The young wicket-keeper/batsman, Finn Allen, sustained a back injury during training and will miss the entire five-match series. The extent of his recovery and return timeline are unclear at this stage.

Adam Milne ankle injury

Fast bowler Adam Milne also picked up an ankle injury and joins Allen on the sidelines. Similar to Allen, details on his rehabilitation and potential return are yet to be determined.

Fresh Faces in Pakistan vs New Zealand

With these setbacks, New Zealand has drafted in replacements. Tom Blundell, the experienced wicket-keeper/batsman, provides additional depth at the top of the order and with the gloves. All-rounder Zak Foulkes receives his first call-up to the national T20 squad.

Michael Bracewell at helm, Key NZ players in IPL

The Black Caps will be led by all-rounder Michael Bracewell for the series. Notably, they are already missing nine players due to Indian Premier League (IPL) commitments. Additionally, Will Young (county cricket), Tom Latham (paternity leave), and Tim Southee (strength and conditioning) are unavailable.

Uncapped Batsman Joins the Ranks

Uncapped batsman Tim Robinson adds another fresh face to the touring party.

Looking Ahead to ICC T20 World Cup

The initial T20 World Cup squad selection deadline is May 1st, with the final list being confirmed by May 25th. These injuries offer opportunities for new players to impress ahead of the global showpiece.

Coach Stead Offers Support

New Zealand coach Gary Stead expressed his disappointment for Allen and Milne but highlighted the chance for the incoming players. “We feel for both Finn and Adam,” Stead said. “They’ve been strong performers. Tom brings experience and leadership, while Zak has impressed domestically.”

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New Zealand Set for Pakistan Tour

Despite the setbacks, the New Zealand team is en route to Pakistan. The first three T20Is will be played in Rawalpindi, followed by the final two matches in Lahore.

The Black Caps will be hoping to overcome these injury concerns and put on a strong showing against Pakistan in this crucial T20 series.

Pakistan vs New Zealand schedule:

18 April – 1st T20I, Rawalpindi
20 April – 2nd T20I, Rawalpindi
21 April – 3rd T20I, Rawalpindi
25 April – 4th T20I, Lahore
27 April – 5th T20I, Lahore

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