New Zealand fast bowler Lockie Ferguson has been ruled out of the 20-20 World Cup owing to a calf injury. Ferguson complained of discomfort in the calf and was taken for scans that revealed a Grade 2 tear, ruling him out for four weeks. Ferguson’s loss is a massive blow for New Zealand as the pacer was in some fine form for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). NZ coach Gary Stead said that losing Ferguson in such a manner is a big loss. He also revealed that Adam Milne will take Ferguson’s slot in the 15-man squad.
“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.”
Milne, though, was not available for selection against Pakistan as he can officially join the squad only after the approval of the council’s technical committee. The approval should not be difficult and Milne most likely will be available for selection for New Zealand’s next game against India. Milne is a like to like replacement for Ferguson and can rattle the batters with genuine 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.