Galle: New Zealand cricket team faced a crisis during the first Test against Sri Lanka at Galle as their both wicket keepers Brendon McCullum and reserve keeper Jesse Ryder were down with stomach bug.
Both these players were confined to their hotel rooms as the fourth day's play began at the Galle International Stadium.
"They are very sick and I am not sure if, and at what stage, they will take part in this Test," Black Caps manager David Currie told reporters.
Reece Young will now keep wickets in the second innings.
But since Young was not part of the first Test squad, Kiwis had to ask Sri Lanka for permission to field him. Lankans generously allowed Young to keep the wickets in the Test.
Ironically, team"s third wicket keeper Tim McIntosh, who would have been the obvious choice, had also been hit by the stomach bug, as revealed by New Zealand coach Andy Moles.
Of the seven players hit by the bug, Ryder and McCullum are worst affected. The others to be affected by the bug were Jacob Oram, Jeetan Patel, Daniel Flynn, McIntosh and Chris Martin.
The outbreak, traced back to the team's hotel, had already hampered the performances of Jeetan Patel and Jacob Oram earlier in the test.