New Zealand skipper for the T20I tour of Ireland, Mitchell Santner has been hit by Covid-19. The Kiwis who are scheduled to fly out on Sunday would not have the veteran spin bowling allrounder with them as they begin the tour on July 10, with the ODI leg of the series.
New Zealand’s head coach for the Ireland series Shane Jurgensen said that Santner is not going to be rushed, and his availability for the series will only be determined after he recovers from his infection and arrives in Dublin.
“Covid has been a challenge and will continue to be in the future and we will adapt accordingly, contingencies are always in place,” Jurgensen was quoted as saying by the ICC.
“He’s feeling OK and the priority will be getting him into camp with us hopefully later in the week to assess where he’s at and when he may be ready to play.
“We’ve got 11 games across the three tours and another tour to follow against the West Indies in August which Mitch will be involved with so we certainly won’t be looking to rush him.”
The New Zealand team have half strength in the first place with several players, including Kane Williamson and Trent Boult sitting the series out due to their wellness policy. The Kiwis are scheduled to travel to Scotland and the Netherlands as well after the commencement of the Ireland series.
New Zealand ODI squad
Tom Latham, (c), Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Dane Cleaver, Jacob Duffy, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Adam Milne, Henry Nicholls, Glenn Phillip, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Will Young
New Zealand T20I squad
Mitchell Santner (c), Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman, Dane Cleaver, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Adam Milne, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Michael Rippon, Ben Sears, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner