- Matt Henry was ruled out due to a ruptured right hamstring.
- Kyle Jamieson was called up to the New Zealand squad in lieu of Henry.
- The Kiwis are set to face Pakistan on Nov 4 (Saturday).
According to multiple statements released by the ICC and NZC, pacer Matt Henry has been ruled out of the ICC Cricket World Cup in India due to a ruptured right hamstring. Kyle Jamieson has been called up to the New Zealand squad in lieu of Henry.
Henry suffered the injury during Wednesday’s encounter against South Africa in Pune, according to a statement from NZC. An MRI revealed that he had a grade two lower tear, which will take two to four weeks to heal.
“Jamieson, who has played 13 ODIs for the Blackcaps, was approved by the Event Technical Committee after Henry was ruled out due to a right hamstring injury sustained during Wednesday’s loss to South Africa in Pune,” the ICC said.
The entire New Zealand team, according to coach Gary Stead, was considering Henry.
“We’re gutted for him,” Stead said in Bengaluru.
“Matt’s been a crucial part of our One Day side for a long time, and to see him ruled out as we reach the business end of this tournament is immensely disappointing.”
The NZC statement added that Jamieson arrived in Bengaluru late on Thursday and was expected to train with the team on Friday.
Stead said Jamieson was ready to go for Saturday’s game against Pakistan if required.
“We’re fortunate to have a player of the class of Kyle waiting in the wings,” he said.
“His skills and physical attributes always make him a threat with the ball, and it’s an added bonus he was able to train with us in the first two weeks of the tournament,” he added.
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