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Milne and Allen sidelined from Pakistan tour due to injuries

Milne and Allen sidelined from Pakistan tour due to injuries

Finn Allen and Adam Milne ruled out of Pakistan tour due to injuries. Allen suffers from a back injury, while Milne injured his ankle during training before the team’s departure. New Zealand Cricket confirms their unavailability for the five-match series starting next week in Rawalpindi.

Tom Blundell and Zak Foulkes named as replacements. Blundell, a wicketkeeper, brings experience and leadership qualities, having been part of both tours to Pakistan last year. Foulkes, an uncapped allrounder, has impressed with his bowling for Canterbury in T20 cricket.

Head Coach Gary Stead praises Blundell’s skills and experience in Pakistani conditions. He highlights Foulkes’ performance as Canterbury’s leading wicket-taker and his potential with the bat. Stead sees this as an excellent opportunity for Foulkes to be part of the squad.

Milne and Allen Misses Out Pakistan Tour

The series marks the return of allrounder Michael Bracewell and commences on April 18, with the fifth T20I scheduled for April 27.

The absence of Allen and Milne is a setback for New Zealand, especially with key players participating in the Indian Premier League. Blundell and Foulkes will have the opportunity to prove themselves in a challenging series against Pakistan, offering depth to the squad. The selectors will be keenly watching their performances as they aim to make a mark in international cricket.

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