Bilateral series

Daryl Mitchell out for fifth T20I against Pakistan

Allrounder Daryl Mitchell has been withdrawn from New Zealand’s upcoming fifth T20I against Pakistan as part of the hosts’ effort to manage his workload. Mitchell, who delivered two half-centuries in the first four T20Is, will be replaced by allrounder Rachin Ravindra, initially rested for the series.

New Zealand coach Gary Stead explained that the decision was made with consideration for Mitchell’s workload and the upcoming international cricket fixtures following the Pakistan T20Is. Additionally, with the hosts already leading 4-0 in the five-match series, it was deemed an opportune time to rest Mitchell.

“We’ve decided to give Daryl Mitchell a break from this game. We’ve got important Test matches ahead,” said Stead. “Daryl is a three-format player, so it’s crucial to manage his workload. He’s likely to play a significant role in the rest of our [home] season. So, we thought this is the right time to give him a break, given that the series is already won.

“We’re also pleased to reintroduce Rachin back into the side. He had a break and played one game for Wellington Firebirds [in domestic T20s]. He fits well into the team in the role we’d like him to play.”

Since August 30 of the previous year, Mitchell has participated in 28 of New Zealand’s 34 matches across formats, missing only the three-match ODI series against Bangladesh in September 2023 and December 2023. Following the conclusion of the ongoing T20Is against Pakistan, New Zealand will host South Africa for two Tests starting February 4 and then Australia for three T20Is and two Tests from February 21.

Ravindra last played for New Zealand in the third ODI against Bangladesh on December 23, and his sole competitive match since then was for Wellington against Northern Districts on January 15.

New Zealand coach Stead also revealed that the decision regarding opening batter Devon Conway’s participation in the fifth T20I against Pakistan would be made on the morning of the match. Conway, who was ruled out of the fourth T20I due to Covid-19, is still exhibiting symptoms, and Stead expressed the intention to assess his condition in the next 24 hours before making a final decision.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *