Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Quad strain rules Tom Blundell out of Pakistan ODIs. Blundell will still be with the squad hoping to get fit for the T20Is.
Blundell will still be with the squad hoping to get fit for the T20Is.
New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Blundell has been ruled out of the ODI series against Pakistan with a left-quad strain. Allrounder Daryl Mitchell, who was initially joining the side for the T20I series, will now assemble with the ODI squad.
Mitchell will though be available only from Game 2, after completing the mandatory isolation.
Blundell sustained the injury in the fourth T20I against Bangladesh which needs a “concentrated period of rehabilitation”, as per the team physio.
“Tom's been working hard since the injury in Bangladesh,” said Nishil Shah. “The injury's not quite where we want it so we think it's best for him to concentrate on his rehab given the big summer of cricket ahead.”
With the hope that he can recover in time for the T20Is, Blundell will remain with the squad, said New Zealand coach Glenn Pocknall.
“Obviously everyone is gutted for Tom, he's a quality player with a diverse skill-set. He'll remain with the squad and we're hopeful he'll be available again for the T20I series.
“We're fortunate to have someone of Daryl's quality to join us early for the ODIs. He's shown last summer what a destructive batsman he is, while also offering another useful bowling option.
“With Tom out, we do lose our first choice back-up wicket-keeping option. However there are several guys in the squad with keeping experience and we'll ensure they do the necessary work at training to be up to speed if called upon.”
The three-match ODI series gets underway on September 17 in Rawalpindi, and will be followed by five T20Is.