Finn Allen, Adam Milne Ruled Out of Pakistan Tour, T20 World Cup Hopes in Doubt

Finn Allen, Adam Milne Ruled Out of Pakistan Tour, T20 World Cup Hopes in Doubt

New Zealand's T20 World Cup preparations have suffered a setback with the injuries to Finn Allen and Adam Milne, who have been ruled out of the upcoming tour of Pakistan.

Allen, a dynamic opening batter, sustained a back injury during training, while Milne, a fast bowler, picked up an ankle problem. Their absence raises concerns about their availability for the T20 World Cup, which begins in October.

Tom Blundell, the Test wicketkeeper, and uncapped allrounder Zak Foulkes have been called up as replacements. Blundell has previous T20I experience, while Foulkes impressed with his performances for Canterbury in the Super Smash.

New Zealand coach Gary Stead expressed sympathy for Allen and Milne, acknowledging their contributions to the team's T20 success since the last World Cup. He stated that the medical staff would work closely with both players to facilitate their recovery and return to cricket.

Foulkes, a 21-year-old, has shown promise with his bowling skills, particularly in T20 cricket. Stead praised his impressive season with Canterbury, where he was their leading wicket-taker in all three competitions.

New Zealand's T20 World Cup squad is expected to be announced by May 1, with the final 15 to be confirmed by May 25. The injuries to Allen and Milne could impact the team's selection decisions, especially regarding the number of fast bowlers included.

The Pakistan tour was already set to be without nine players due to IPL commitments, while Will Young, Tom Latham, and Tim Southee were also unavailable. Michael Bracewell will captain the side, which also includes uncapped batter Tim Robinson.

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