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Tom Blundell injured in the New Zealand ODI series in Pakistan

The tourist said before the opener of the Rawalpindi series on Friday that New Zealand goalkeeper and batsman Tom Brundle will miss the one-day series against Pakistan due to a strained left limb.

The all-rounder Daryl Mitchell, who was initially selected to participate in the subsequent Twenty20 series, will join the ODI lineup before the second game after completing the mandatory quarantine.

“Obviously, everyone feels guilty for Tom, he is an excellent player with diverse skills,” substitute coach Glenn Pokner said in a team statement on Thursday.

“He will stay in the team and we hope he can participate in the T20I series again.

“With Tom out, we did lose our preferred backup gate retention option.

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“However, there are a few people in the team who have retention experience and we will make sure they do the necessary work in training to keep up with the pace when needed.”

Pocknall and Shane Jurgensen will share Pakistan’s coaching responsibilities as regular coach Gary Stead remains in New Zealand.

Brundle was injured during the Bangladesh 3-2 2020 series defeat.

Physiotherapist Nihir Shah said: “Injuries are not what we want, so we think that given the cricket summer in the future, he’d better focus on recovery.”

New Zealand will play three one-day matches with Pakistan before heading to Lahore to participate in the five T20 series.


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