New Zealand’s Kyle Jamieson will not be available for the T20I series against India.© AFP
After New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, pacer Kyle Jamieson has also decided to skip the three T20 Internationals against India, as he will focus on the upcoming Test series. India and New Zealand will face-off in the three-match T20 series starting on Wednesday in Jaipur. This is the first assignment for head coach Rahul Dravid and full-time T20I captain Rohit Sharma. “We decided after talking with Kane and Kyle that they will not play in this T20 series. They are both going to be ready for Test matches and I think you will find that there will be other people involved in Test matches as well. Complete Will not even play the series,” coach Gary Stead said during a virtual press conference.
“It’s a bit of a balancing act at the moment and it’s a very busy time with three T20 matches in five days as well as traveling to three different cities,” he added.
Stead further said that former cricketer James Payment has been appointed as the fourth coach for the upcoming series.
“We have got Jimmy (James) as the fourth coach to help us in the series. He was with Mumbai Indians and he has a lot of experience working with Indian guys. He can be a huge help, at least During this initial phase when we have two squads training at the same time,” Coach Stead said.
In Williamson’s absence, Tim Southee will lead the Kiwis as the stand-in captain for the T20I series against India.
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