T20 World Cup 2021: New Zealand's Lockie Ferguson has been ruled out with calf tear, NZC announced the replacement


The New Zealand pacer Lockie Ferguson has been ruled out of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. Considering the recent reports from ESPN Cricinfo, it has stated that the 30-year-old will miss the remaining games of the mega-event after having a grade two tear on the right calf.

So, Lockie Ferguson would not take the field for the next 3-4 weeks for New Zealand. Moreover, the New Zealand Cricket board stated that "Ferguson felt tightness in his right calf following training and a subsequent MRI scan on game-day revealed a grade two tear which would require three to four weeks recovery," quoted as same as in ESPN Cricinfo. 

"It’s a real shame for Lockie to have this happen on the eve of the tournament" - Gary Stead, head coach of New Zealand cricket team:

New Zealand Cricket Team

The head coach of the New Zealand cricket team, Gary Stead also had a few words considering his recent form and feels that the side might miss his service with the ball.

"It’s a real shame for Lockie to have this happen on the eve of the tournament and the entire team is really feeling for him right now. He’s a massive part of our T20 side and has been in such good form - so to lose him at this time is a blow," New Zealand head coach Gary Stead said.

After that, the board took their official Twitter account and announced the replacement of Adam Milne as the replacement for the injured pacer Lockie Ferguson.

The 30-year-old looked in fabulous form while representing Kolkata Knight Riders in the second phase of the Indian Premier League. He bagged 13 wickets for the franchise while conceding below 8 runs per over.

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As of now, the Kiwi's are up against Pakistan in their first encounter in the T20 World Cup 2021 and are struggling to aggregate runs of the board. Let's wait and see that how they are going to defeat the Babar Azam-led Pakistan to bag the two crucial points in the tournament. 

Here is the official tweet of NZC: