New Zealand pacer Adam Milne has been removed from the white-ball crews for the impending visits to Pakistan and India because of worries about his readiness. New Zealand Cricket (NZC) made the declaration on Monday. The right-arm pace bowler completed the new home series against India with a tight hamstring and in this way had his return deferred for the Wellington Firebirds, missing two Portage Prize matches in December. In spite of playing the initial two rounds of the Really Crush season for the Firebirds, the possibility of six ODIs in 16 days across Pakistan and India was thought of as too large of a gamble.
A choice was hence made, by common understanding, to supplant Milne with Focal Stags pace bowler Blair Tickner, who is as of now in Pakistan with the Test group.
New Zealand selector Gavin Larsen said the choice was not a simple one.
“Adam was extremely forthright with us about his interests around the absence of one-day bowling stacking for the impending visits. Subsequent to visiting to him, we concurred his planning driving into the visit wouldn’t be adequate for him to adapt to the requests of one after the other, three-game ODI series,” said Larsen.
Larsen said Tickner, who has six ODIs to his name, was an instant substitution.
“Blair’s abilities at bowling through the center and his capacity to stir things up around town hard make him a comparative possibility to what Adam offered us. The reality he is as of now in Pakistan encountering the circumstances is a special reward,” added the selector.
The Blackcaps ODI players withdraw New Zealand for Pakistan on January 4. The white-ball series against India will start off from January 18 and will happen till February 1. The series will comprise of three ODIs and equivalent number of T20Is.