New Zealand Tour of Bangladesh 2021:Matt Henry Replaces Finn Allen in New Zealand Squad
New Zealand cricket team batsman Finn Allen has been found positive for coronavirus after coming to Bangladesh. New Zealand pacer Matt Henry replaces Finn Allen as a covid replacement in the New Zealand Squad 2021 against Bangladesh.
New Zealand team management confirmed the information in a statement on Friday (August 26). It is said that 29-year-old fast bowler Henry will leave New Zealand for Bangladesh on Monday (August 30). Finn Allen, who is in quarantine, will be in Bangladesh under the supervision of team doctor Pat McHugh.
Arriving in Bangladesh on Tuesday (August 31), he will also have to undergo a three-day quarantine. In that case, New Zealand will not get him in the first match. Because the first T20 of the five-match series will be played on Wednesday (September 1).
Meanwhile, New Zealand head coach Gary Stead has explained the reason for taking a pacer instead of a batsman. “Matt (Henry) is certainly not a potential replacement for Finn (Allen),” he said in a statement from Christchurch, although not with the team. However, our team selection options are getting wider.
He added, “In the current situation, he is the most suitable to join the team in a quick time. He has taken two doses of Covid-19 vaccine and MIQ bed (Management Isolation and Quarantine) is already reserved for him after returning home.
Although almost a regular in New Zealand’s ODI and Test squads, Henry is rarely seen in the T20s. The last time he played in only 6 T20 matches so far was in January 2016. That too is against Bangladesh. After giving 44 runs in 4 overs in that match in Napier, he did not get another chance in the team. After a long time, Henry was called up to the team again against that Bangladesh.