Wellington - The West Indies have suffered a further setback
on their New Zealand tour on Thursday with team officials confirming premier
all-rounder Kieron Pollard had pulled out of the Twenty20 matches for
It is the second change for the tourists, who have already
had to replace the injured Ronsford Beaton.
The West Indies have yet to win a match in New Zealand,
having lost both Tests inside four days and been comprehensively outplayed in
the three one-day internationals.
"Left-handed batsman Shimron Hetmyer will replace
all-rounder Kieron Pollard, who is unavailable due to personal reasons,"
Cricket West Indies said in a statement.
"Left-arm fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell will replace
pacer Ronsford Beaton, who has been forced to return home with a side
However, despite New Zealand dominating the Tests and ODIs,
coach Mike Hesson expected the West Indies to provide tough opposition in the
Twenty20s, the format in which they are world champions.
"They're certainly an exciting batting line-up, some
middle order players who've obviously done pretty well in the IPL and the likes
of (Samuel) Badree coming to the T20 gives plenty of experience in that bowling
group," Hesson said.
"They're certainly a challenge for us."
Tim Southee will captain the New Zealand side in place of
Kane Williamson who is being rested for the first game of the three-match
series on Friday.