T20 World Cup 2021: New Zealand pacer Lockie Ferguson has been ruled out of the T20 World Cup 2021 due to a calf muscle tear, the country’s cricket board said in a statement on Tuesday.
The 30-years old speedster complaint of tightness in his right calf muscle following net sessions ahead of New Zealand’s opening fixture against Pakistan on Tuesday. The MRI scans further revealed a grade 2 tear in the calf of Lockie Ferguson, which would rule the pacer out of cricket for at least four weeks.
Adam Milne will come in as the replacement for Lockie Ferguson in New Zealand’s T20 World Cup squad following the approval of ICC’s technical committee.
“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,” 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 who has been with the squad training for the past two weeks.”
New Zealand is scheduled to play all five T20 World Cup matches in the next 13 days. The side is currently playing against Pakistan in its opening match in Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
New Zealand’s T20 World Cup 2021 Schedule:
Oct 26, Tue – Pakistan vs New Zealand (ongoing) – Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Oct 31, Sun – India vs New Zealand – Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Nov 03, Wed – New Zealand vs Scotland – Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Nov 05, Fri – New Zealand vs Namibia – Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Nov 07, Sun – New Zealand vs Afghanistan – Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi