Leaders Online Desk: New Zealand fast bowler Tim Saudi will undergo surgery on his injured thumb tomorrow (21st). He fractured his thumb in the fourth and final ODI against England. The New Zealand Cricket Board (NZC) gave this information today (Dec. 20).
Team Saudi injured his right thumb while trying to take a catch in the fourth ODI against England last Friday. He will now undergo surgery. Meanwhile, a decision will be taken on Team Saudi’s availability for the ICC Cricket World Cup in India early next week. Head coach Gary Stead is hopeful that Saudi will recover in time and return to the competition.
After losing the four-match ODI series 3-1 to England, New Zealand will now play three ODIs in Bangladesh from September 21. It will be followed by a warm-up match against Pakistan in Hyderabad on Friday, September 29. The New Zealand players who are not going on the current Bangladesh tour will leave for India from next Tuesday. New Zealand will open the series against defending champions England on October 5 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
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