The New Zealand cricket team have included Kyle Jamieson as the replacement player for the injured Matt Hendry in New Zealand’s Squad at the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023.
Matt Henry replacement in World Cup Squad
Jamieson, who has played 13 ODIs for the Black Caps, was approved by the Event Technical Committee after Henry was ruled out due to a right hamstring injury sustained during Wednesday’s loss to South Africa in Pune.
Fast bowler Lockie Ferguson is also under an injury cloud due to an Achilles injury sustained in New Zealand’s previous match at the tournament against Australia.
New Zealand coach Gary Stead said there was no option but to bring in cover for the injured pair.
“We’re gutted for him,” Stead said in Bengaluru ahead of a high-stakes clash with Pakistan. Matt’s been a crucial part of our one-day side for a long time and to see him ruled out as we reach the business end of this tournament is immensely disappointing”.
“He’s consistently been ranked inside the ICC top-10 ODI bowlers for the past few years which is a testament to his class and skills. Moreover, Matt’s a great team man and we’re all going to miss his personality and experience.”
Stead said Jamieson was ready to go for the crunch clash against Pakistan on Saturday if required.
“We’re fortunate to have a player of the class of Kyle waiting in the wings. His skills and physical attributes always make him a threat with the ball and it’s an added bonus he was able to train with us in the first two weeks of the tournament”, Stead said
“Kyle’s had to work really hard to return from two separate back injuries and I know he’s really excited about being involved in his first ODI World Cup,” Stead added.