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Captain Kane Williamson and bowler Kyle Jamieson have been withdrawn from the BLACKCAPS T20 Squad to face Bangladesh after Christmas.
They will be replaced by Rachin Ravindra and Jacob Duffy, respectively.
The decision to withdraw the pair follows further medical advice and consideration of the team’s upcoming schedule, with a focus on this summer’s Test series against South Africa and Australia.
Williamson will undergo a period of knee rehabilitation and strengthening following his recent return to play in India and Bangladesh.
The advice on Jamieson is that his hamstring injury was best served by a period of targeted rehabilitation leading into February’s Test Series against South Africa.
He will therefore miss the upcoming series against Bangladesh and January’s T20 Series against Pakistan.
BLACKCAPS coach Gary Stead said the withdrawals were grounded in fresh medical advice.
“We want both Kane and Kyle to be in the best possible place leading into the next block of Test cricket against South Africa and Australia.
“Based on discussions with the medical staff and the players it was decided a period of rehabilitation and conditioning was the best option for both of them.”
Stead said Ravindra and Duffy provided strong additions to the squad mix for Bangladesh.
“Jacob is an experienced T20 cricketer and always brings a lot when he is part of the BLACKCAPS environment. He’s worked very hard on his white ball skills in recent seasons.
“Rachin adds to any environment he’s a part of and has a great desire to learn and develop his game – across all three formats.”
Mitchell Santner will be captain for the series in Kane Williamson’s absence. Santner has led the team 14 (13 x T20Is, 1 xODI) times previously in international cricket.
The T20 Squad assemble in Napier on Boxing Day.
Revised BLACKCAPS T20 Squad for Bangladesh
Mitchell Santner (c)