New Zealand seamer, Matt Henry has been included in New Zealand’s squad which is due to play a five-match T20 series against Bangladesh, starting from 1st September 2021. New Zealand has called up Henry as Finn Allen’s replacement, who has tested positive for Covid-19.
Matt Henry therefore will join the squad. Henry is part of New Zealand’s squad which is scheduled to play a white-ball series against Pakistan, starting from 17th September. However, with Finn getting tested positive, Matt Henry has now been included for the Bangladesh series as well. The New Zealand fast bowler will leave for Bangladesh on 30th September 2021.
Meanwhile, Finn Allen will stay in isolation in Bangladesh under the supervision of doctor Pat McHugh.
“Matt’s clearly not a like-for-like replacement for Finn, but he expands our selection options and, in the current circumstances, is the best equipped to join the side at such short notice,” said head coach Gary Stead.
One of the key reasons behind sending Matt Henry to Bangladesh was the fact he has been vaccinated twice for Covid-19 and has a managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) bed allocated for his return.
“And, in the current environment, we remain mindful of the need to carefully balance player workloads,” he said. “We’re not prepared to risk anyone’s well-being by asking them to commit to extremely long periods away from home.”
Matt Henry also expressed his delight over playing in Bangladesh for the first time. He has had the experience of playing in the subcontinent conditions of India and UAE. And that should give him enough confidence to do well in Bangladesh.
Henry expressed his excitement about playing in Bangladesh for the first time. “I haven’t been to Bangladesh. It is my first time there,” he said. “I have played in India and UAE. I have experience in sub-continent conditions so I am going there with a lot of confidence. There were a lot of low-scoring games in the last series there, so looking forward to the challenge. I played domestic T20 cricket last season, so I will fall back on that experience.”
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