Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Adam Milne replaces injured Lockie Ferguson in New Zealand's squad. Ferguson has suffered a calf tear ahead of the team's T20 WC opener against Pakistan.
Ferguson has suffered a calf tear ahead of the team's T20 WC opener against Pakistan.
New Zealand fast bowler Lockie Ferguson has been ruled out of the T20 WC with a calf tear. The 30-year-old has been replaced in the 15-man-squad by Adam Milne.
As per a New Zealand Cricket media release, Ferguson felt tightness in his right calf following training Tuesday night with a subsequent MRI scan revealed a grade two tear which would require three to four weeks recovery.
“It's a real shame for Lockie to have this happen on the eve of the tournament and the entire team is really feeling for him right now,” head coach Gary Stead said.
“He's a massive part of our T20 side and has been in such good form – so to lose him at this time is a blow. However, we are fortunate to have a like for like replacement in the form of Adam Milne who has been with the squad training for the past two weeks.”
Ferguson featured in the second of New Zealand's pre-tournament warm-up games against England on October 20, returning figures of 1 for 19. It's another injury setback for the express fast bowler, having been sidelined late last year with a partial stress fracture to the back.
Ferguson recently played eight games of Kolkata Knight Riders' IPL 2021 season in the UAE and took 13 wickets at an economy of 7.46. His replacement in the side, Milne, too, was at the IPL with the Mumbai Indians and took three wickets from as many games in the UAE leg of the tournament.
New Zealand begin their quest for a maiden T20 WC with a game against Pakistan on October 26 but Milne will not be available to play until approval of replacement from the ICC technical committee. New Zealand face the other big team in the group, India, on Sunday (October 31).