Mumbai, Mar 21: Most teams haven't been spared the injury woes this World Cup and some squads have been affected more than once. New Zealand is one such side. While Daniel Vettori is sitting on a sidelines with a knee injury, another Kiwi bowler has been ruled out of the World Cup altogether. The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday approved fast bowler Daryl Tuffey as a replacement player for injured Hamish Bennett in New Zealand's 15-man World Cup squad.
The confirmation was conveyed to New Zealand Cricket on behalf of ICC's Event Technical Committee.
Bennett suffered an injury to his left ankle and Achilles tendon while bowling during New Zealand's loss to Sri Lanka in Mumbai on March18.
Any injury-based replacement requires a written submission to the event technical committee along with a diagnosis from a medical practitioner as to the extent of the injury.
Once replaced, a player may not return to the squad save as an approved subsequent replacement for another injured player.
Bennett is the first player to be replaced due to injury in the New Zealand squad for the event.
As with all players in the tournament, the eligibility of a replacement player is subject to approval by the ICC before that player can be officially added to the squad.
The Event Technical Committee consists of David Richardson (ICC Chairman), Professor Ratnakar Shetty (Tournament Director), Campbell Jamieson (IDI representative), Anil Kumble (host nominee), David Lloyd (independent nomination) and Sanjay Manjrekar (independent nomination).