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BLACKCAPS’ Crisis: Allen and Milne Injured Before Pakistan Tour


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In a setback for the BLACKCAPS ahead of their T20 series against Pakistan, Finn Allen and Adam Milne have been sidelined due to injuries sustained during training. Allen suffered a back injury, while Milne encountered an ankle injury, ruling them out of contention for the entire five-match series set to commence in Rawalpindi next week.

The timing of these injuries is unfortunate, depriving the team of two key performers in the T20 format. BLACKCAPS coach Gary Stead expressed sympathy for Allen and Milne, emphasizing their significant contributions to the team since the last World Cup.

As the team gears up for their departure to Pakistan, the focus now shifts to the rehabilitation and recovery plans for Allen and Milne.

While the absence of Allen and Milne poses challenges, the BLACKCAPS have swiftly responded by calling up replacements. Wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Blundell and all-rounder Zak Foulkes have been drafted into the squad to fill the void. Blundell, with his wealth of experience and familiarity with Pakistani conditions from previous tours, brings stability to both the batting order and behind the stumps.

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Foulkes, on the other hand, marks his maiden call-up to the BLACKCAPS squad, buoyed by his stellar performances for Canterbury, where he emerged as the leading wicket-taker across all formats. Stead lauded both Blundell and Foulkes for their impressive skill sets, highlighting their potential to bolster the team in the absence of Allen and Milne.

As the team gears up for their departure to Pakistan, the focus now shifts to the rehabilitation and recovery plans for Allen and Milne. The support staff and medical team will closely monitor their progress in the coming weeks, aiming for a timely return to cricket.

Meanwhile, Tom Bruce’s absence from the squad, citing personal reasons and commitments to Lancashire, opens the door for other players to seize the opportunity and make their mark in the international arena.

Despite the setbacks, the BLACKCAPS remain determined to put forth a formidable performance in the upcoming series, backed by the resilience and depth within their squad. As they embark on their journey to Pakistan, the spirit of camaraderie and determination among players and support staff augurs well for an exciting and competitive cricketing spectacle.

Waseem Shahzad Qadri
Waseem Shahzad Qadri
Islamabad based Senior Journalist, TV Show Host, Media Trainer, can be follow on twitter @jaranwaliya

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