Ross Taylor has been sidelined for the first ODI against Bangladesh due to a tear in his left hamstring. The New Zealand cricketer picked up the injury while fielding on the final day of the Central Stag’s Plunket Shield victory over Wellington Firebirds on Sunday at McLean Park in Napier.
Hong Kong-born cricketer, Mark Chapman has been called up as his replacement for the first ODI. The New Zealand cricket is hopeful that Taylor would be fit to play in the second ODI.
“It’s a shame for Ross to have this happen on the eve of a series. It’s a small tear and we’re hopeful after some rest and rehabilitation we can get him fit for the second game in Christchurch,” Stead said in an official statement.
“It’s an exciting time for Mark who’s come in and performed well recently for the T20 side, so we have full confidence he can do the job if called upon,” he added.
The three-match ODI series between Bangladesh and New Zealand will mark as the first qualifying series for the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. The first game will be played on 20th March 2021, while the second and third ODI will take place on 23rd March and 26th March 2021 respectively.
The ODI fixtures will be followed by three-match T20 series, starting from 28th March 2021.