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NZ fast bowler Lockie Ferguson ruled out of 20-20 World Cup due to calf tear

By BetBarter Staff

October 26, 2021

New Zealand fast bowler Lockie Ferguson’s 20-20 World Cup campaign has been cut short owing to a calf injury. Ahead of the team’s match against Pakistan, Ferguson felt some discomfort in the calf and underwent scans that revealed a Grade 2 tear. Generally, a Grade 2 tear takes around two to four weeks to heal thus New Zealand had no option but to let go of Ferguson.

Meanwhile, Adam Milne, who has been with the squad as a travelling reserve is likely to take Ferguson’s slot in the 15-man squad. Ferguson had played the second leg of the Indian Premier League in UAE and was well aware of the conditions. His loss is a big blow to New Zealand.

"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,” New Zealand 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.”

Meanwhile, Milne wasn’t available for selection against Pakistan as he has still not been approved as a replacement by the Council’s technical committee. Once approved, he will officially join the squad. Milne is a like to like replacement for Ferguson and can generate some serious pace.

“Milne is already in the UAE with the team having been selected in the squad as travelling injury cover, but won’t be available to play until ICC approval has been received making him unavailable for today’s match against Pakistan in Sharjah,” read the NZC statement, issued minutes before the toss.