New Zealand Cricket (NZC) on Monday issued a statement that reads that from the third and final T20I series against India New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has been ruled out due to medical issues.
“Blackcaps captain Kane Williamson will miss the third T20I in Napier on Tuesday to attend a pre-arranged medical appointment,” New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said.
Meanwhile, Mark Chapman who is Auckland Aces batsman will join the T20I squad in Napier.
Ahead of the series opener at Eden Park on Friday Williamson will rejoin the team on Wednesday when the ODI team will assemble.
Coach Gary Stead said, “Kane has been trying to get this booked in for a while now, but unfortunately it has not been able to fit into our schedule.”
“The health and well-being of our players and staff is paramount, and we look forward to seeing him in Auckland,” Stead said.
After featuring in the recent T20 World Cup and Tri-Series in Christchurch Chapman is excited, Stead said.
Stead further said, “He is a quality player who offers good versatility in the order.”
Moreover, for the third and final match at McLean Park on Tuesday Tim Southee would captain the side.
However, in the three-match T20I series team India is leading the series by 1-0. Due to rain first match was abandoned and in the second match on Sunday India defeated New Zealand by 65 runs. Star batter Suryakumar Yadav made 111 runs off 52 balls and Deepak Hooda took 4 wickets for 10 runs.
Furthermore, Williamson’s strike rate is very low in T20I and Williamson has scored only 443 in 13 matches this year.