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IND vs NZ 2017: Injury concerns for New Zealand ahead of facing India

[caption id="attachment_56631" align="aligncenter" width="580"]Todd-Astle Todd Astle to miss the India series due to a groin injury. Image Source: twitter[/caption]

Internet Desk: New Zealand Cricket Board today announced that they have sent leg-spinner Ish Sodhi to replace injured Todd Astle for the forthcoming three-match ODI series against India, which is set to start from October 22.

Astle sustained a groin injury during the their first warm-up game against the Board President's XI on Tuesday and won’t take any further part in the entire tour of India. Unfortunately he could only bowl just three deliveries before getting injured.

"Further assessment and a scan confirmed Astle to have suffered a tear on his right side, which will see him ruled out for around three weeks," a release from New Zealand Cricket said today.

Sodhi, who was originally only named in the Twenty20 squad, will replace Astle in the ODI side, it said.

Ludhiana-born Sodhi has so far played 18 ODIs and picked 19 wickets after making his debut versus Zimbabwe in 2015.

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said it was cruel timing for Astle.

"Todd was really impressive in the recent New Zealand 'A' tour over here and had done everything he possibly could to get himself ready for this series," said Hesson.

"He deserved this opportunity and everyone in the team is certainly feeling for Todd. He'll return to New Zealand and get himself ready for a big summer," the coach added.

The three matches of the ODI series will be played in Mumbai (October 22), Pune (October 25) and Kanpur (October 29).

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