Martin Guptill Ruled Out Of Series

(Last Updated On: October 19, 2018)

New Zealand’s limited overs opening batsman Martin Guptill will miss the upcoming series against Pakistan after straining his calf during a Plunket Shield game with Auckland, officials said on Friday. Selector Gavin Larsen said Guptill had no choice but to withdraw from the one-day international and Twenty20 squads to face Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates. “Unfortunately for Martin it will take him some time to get over this injury and, with a long summer ahead, we need to make sure we minimise the risk of him repeating it,” he said.

“Gary Stead and I will work through the possible replacement options. We now have three spots to fill in the T20 and one-day squads.”

Larsen said selectors had not yet decided on a replacement.

Guptill, 32, is a mainstay of New Zealand’s limited overs line-up, averaging 42.99 runs in ODIs and 34.40 in T20s.

“It’s extremely frustrating to pick this up after tracking so well with how my hamstring was going… it’s gutting and I wish I was out there,” he said.

New Zealand will play three Twenty20 Internationals from October 21, followed by three One-Day Internationals and three Tests, although Guptill is not part of the Test squad.

After securing a 2-1 T20 series win over Pakistan A during the week, New Zealand A will begin their one-day series against Pakistan A in Dubai on Sunday.

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