Fast bowler Kyle Jamieson will miss New Zealand’s three T20s against India but will return for the Tests, according to coach Gary Stead, ahead of the first match on Wednesday in heavily polluted Jaipur.
Stead stated that players would be rotated frequently due to the packed tour of T20s followed by two Tests in two and a half weeks, which comes on the heels of the T20 World Cup, in which the Black Caps lost the final.
“You will undoubtedly see that the entire squad will get match time here,” Stead told reporters.
“It’s about us managing the workload of the players, particularly with Test matches coming up, which will be a real key priority for us,” he added.
“At the moment, it’s a bit of a balancing act… “It’s an extremely busy time,” Stead added.
New Zealand had already announced that skipper Kane Williamson would also sit out the T20 series and return for the start of the team’s World Test Championship title defense in Kanpur on November 25.
Tim Southee will lead New Zealand for the first T20 in Jaipur, which in common with other cities in northern India is currently in a cloud of toxic smog.
Its polluted air rivals that of New Delhi, where members of the visiting Sri Lankan team vomited and wore pollution masks while playing in 2017. The second T20 will be held in Ranchi on Friday, followed by the third in Kolkata on Sunday. The two Tests will be held in Kanpur (November 25-29) and Mumbai (November 30-31). (December 3-7).