Guptill out of Pakistan series with calf injury

Martin Guptill had to be removed from the ODI and T20I squads of New Zealand to face Pakistan later this month due to a strain of the left calf. The 32-year-old opener recovered from the injury as he prepared for a first-class game with Auckland this week and is expected to be out of action for four to six weeks.

New Zealand faces Pakistan in three T20I, three ODI and two Tests starting on October 31. Guptill was named in the two white-ball squads and has been one of the team's most veteran players, providing quick starts at the top of the order. He made a 49-ball against Australia in a T20I at Eden Park in February.

"Unfortunately for Martin it will take some time to overcome this injury," said coach Gavin Larsen. "And, with a long summer ahead, we must make sure to minimize the risk of repeating it."

The UAE tour will be Gary Stead's first as head coach of the New Zealand team. A first choice selection is missing in Mitchell Santner, who is still recovering from a long-term knee injury. The center spinner of the left arm, Ajaz Patel, was taken to Test side as his replacement, while Ish Sodhi will take charge during the ODI and T20I section of the tour. at the beginning of October to play some games and, depending on the performance, two members of that team had to be part of the main team. Now, with Guptill not available, another place has opened.

"Gary Stead and I will work through possible replacement options," said Larsen. "Now we have three places to fill the T20 and the one-day squads."


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