Black Caps opener Martin Guptill has been ruled out of for the upcoming Twenty20 series against India because of the back injury. All-rounder Jimmy Neesham will replace Martin Guptill, who also played in the last two ODIs against India in the recently finished five-match series.
“Unfortunately Martin hasn’t recovered in time for this Twenty20 series which is very condensed with three games over five days,” said by New Zealand coach Gary Stead. He further stated, “It’s a shame as he’s obviously a big part of our white-ball sides, but we’ve got to look at the big picture and ensure he gets the injury right.”
Martin Guptill suffered injury earlier to the final ODI against India. He will be planning to come back in a series against Bangladesh which starts next week.
New Zealand starts their T20 campaign against India on February 6 at Wellington, followed by the second game at Eden Park Auckland on February 8 and the last match at Hamilton on February 10. The New Zealand squad also includes all-rounder Daryl Mitchell, who is the son of former coach John Mitchell.
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New Zealand Squad for T20 Series against India
New Zealand T20I Squad: Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (Captain), Ross Taylor, Collee D’Grandmom, Lucky Ferguson (1st & 2nd match), Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Dodge Bracewell, Team Seifert (wk), Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Blair Tickner (3rd match).