The Black Caps have made changes to their Whiteball squad for the upcoming series in Pakistan and India, with Adam Milne withdrawing due to concerns about preparation.
Milne, who suffered a tight hamstring in the recent home series against India, will be replaced by fellow pace bowler Blair Tickner, who is already in Pakistan in the New Zealand test squad.
The prospect of playing six ODIs in sixteen days in Pakistan and India was considered too risky for fast bowlers.
The decision was made by mutual agreement and selector Gavin Larsen said the decision was not an easy one.
“Adam has been upfront with us about his concerns regarding the lack of a day’s bowling loading on the upcoming tour,” Larsen said.
“After speaking with him, we agreed that his preparations for the tour were not sufficient to meet the demands of a three-game ODI series.
“I appreciate his honesty and his genuine desire not to let the team down.”
Tucker has nine ODI wickets to his name since debut Netherlands in March 2022.
Mr. Larsen “Blair’s middle bowling skills and ability to hit the pitch hard give him prospects similar to those Adam offered us.
“The fact that he’s already in Pakistan and has been through this situation is an added bonus.”
New Zealand will play the first of three ODI matches against Pakistan on 9 January in Karachi.