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Injured Martin Guptill Set to Miss Pakistan Series in UAE

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: October 19, 2018, 9:02 AM IST
Injured Martin Guptill Set to Miss Pakistan Series in UAE

FIle Image of Martin Guptill (AP Photo)

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New Zealand were dealt a huge blow when their experienced opening batsman Martin Guptill had to be left out of the squad for the ODI and T20I series against Pakistan later this month due to a left calf strain.

Guptill, who was playing for Auckland in a first-class game, picked up the injury while preparing for a match and is likely to be out for close to a month and a half.

The Kiwis take on Pakistan in three T20Is, three ODIs and two Tests beginning October 31.

"Unfortunately for Martin it will take him some time to get over this injury," selector Gavin Larsen said. "And, with a long summer ahead, we need to make sure we minimise the risk of him repeating it."

The opening batsman, a senior member of the side will especially be missed for the quick starts he would give his side. Recently, he scored a 49-ball hundred against arch-rivals Australia in a T20I in February.

The tour to UAE to take on Pakistan will also be new coach Gary Stead’s first with the team. Stead will also be without the services of Mitchell Santner who misses out due to a knee injury. Uncapped left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel and leg-spinner Ish Sodhi are expected to share the burden in his absence.

"Gary Stead and I will work through the possible replacement options," Larsen said. "We now have three spots to fill in the T20 and one-day squads."

The New Zealand A team will reach UAE earlier in October for a few matches, and based on performances, players will be drafted in for the matches against Pakistan.
First Published: October 19, 2018, 8:16 AM IST
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