Milne pulled out of New Zealand’s ODI series against Pakistan, India. The Black Caps announced on Monday that fast bowler Adam Milne has been ruled out of New Zealand’s upcoming One-Day International (ODI) series against Pakistan and India.
The 30-year-old has been withdrawn from the white-ball squad amid concerns over his fitness as he finished the recent home series against India with a strained hamstring.
NZC selector Gavin Larson said: “After speaking with him, we agreed that his preparation would not be sufficient for him to cope with the demands of back-to-back, three-match ODI series. “
“We admire his honesty and his genuine desire not to let the team down.” Milne has been replaced by pacer Blair Tickner, who is currently in Karachi with the New Zealand Test squad.
“Blair’s ability to bowl through the middle and hit the pitch hard gives him a similar offering to Adam,” said Larson. “The fact that he is already facing the situation in Pakistan is an added bonus.”
Earlier, the Black Caps had announced two separate squads for the ODI series against Pakistan and India and Milne was part of both.
The three-match ODI series against Pakistan will begin on January 9 and the players will leave for New Zealand on January 4.