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T20 World Cup: Lockie Ferguson of New Zealand ruled out with a calf tear

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Lockie Ferguson ruled out of ICC T20 World Cup 2021

New Zealand suffered a major setback even before the start of their campaign in the Super 12 stage of the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup, as in-form fast bowler Lockie Ferguson was ruled out of the tournament due to a calf tear. Ferguson took 13 wickets in 8 matches for Kolkata Knight Riders and played a big role in the team’s race to the finals of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season, which ended just before the start of the T20 World Cup.

New Zealand Cricket reported via a press release, “After training last night (Tuesday) Ferguson felt a tightness in his right calf and a subsequent MRI scan on the day of the game revealed a grade two tear, for which three to four Weeks of recovery will be required.”

New Zealand are set to play five pool games over the next two weeks, before the start of the knock-out phase. New Zealand coach Gary Stead said he had no option but to drop Ferguson from the tournament.

“It’s a real shame for Lockie to have this happen on the eve of the tournament and the whole team is really feeling for him,” Stead said.

Stead indicated that Ferguson would be replaced by Adam Milne in the 15-player tournament squad, subject to approval by the ICC Technical Committee.

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β€œHe is a big part of our T20 team and is in such good form – so it is a shock to lose him at the moment. However, we are fortunate to have the choice to have the same replacement as Adam Milne, who has been with the team training for the past two weeks,” Stead was quoted as saying in the release.

New Zealand will take on Pakistan in Sharjah in the first match of their campaign on Tuesday.

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