New Zealand's injury woes continue to hamper its ongoing tour of India as speedster Daryl Tuffey is scheduled to return home following his contraction of a bicept strain. Tuffey picked up the injury during his side's first one-day match against India on Nov 28 at Guwahati. The team management have not named another seamer to replace Tuffey, but may do so in due course.
"Daryl developed some discomfort in his right bicep when playing but was able to manage it during the match," said New Zealand's coach Ma4rk Greatbatch. "It's appears to be okay when he bowls but he's unable to throw without pain, so he will return to New Zealand for further assessment and treatment."
Tuffey's departure comes close on the heels of allrounder Jesse Ryder's exit following a groin strain which he sustained during the Test series against India. James Franklin was called up to fill Ryder's shoes but is yet to play a match.
Tuffey took a couple of wickets, but went for 56 runs in the ODI series opener against India which New Zealand lost by 40 runs. Captain Daniel Vettori and opening batsman Brendon McCullum wre mere benchwarmers for the first game thanks to back problems that they have incurred. Their fitness will be assssed and a decision taken for the next match in Jaipur on Dec 1.