In an effort to control his workload. The fifth Twenty20 International against Pakistan and New Zealand will not feature all-around player Daryl Mitchell. Rachin Ravindra, an all-round player who started the series rested. He will take Mitchell’s spot after he scored two half-centuries in the first four Twenty20 Internationals.
In addition to the fact that the hosts were already leading the five-match series 4-0.
Mitchell’s workload was considered. While making the choice, according to New Zealand coach Gary Stead. The international cricket that takes place after the Pakistan T20Is.
We have decided to take Daryl Mitchell out of this game. Evidently, there are some significant Test matches coming ahead, according to Stead. Since Daryl plays three formats, it’s critical that we control his workload at this time. He will undoubtedly play a significant role for the balance of our [home] season. Since the series was decided, that is all we thought. It is a good moment [to give him a rest].
However, it’s also good to have Rachin back on the side. After taking a hiatus, he returned and participated in one match for the Wellington Firebirds [in the domestic Twenty20 league].
Mitchell has participated in 28 of the 34 games across all formats for New Zealand since August 30 of last year. He missed six games. Two of which were three-match ODI series against Bangladesh. One of which was played at home in December 2023. The other away in September 2023. After the Twenty20 Internationals against Pakistan conclude on Sunday, New Zealand will play two Tests against South Africa beginning on February 4 and three T20Is and two Tests against Australia beginning on February 21.
At the third One-Day International (ODI) against Bangladesh in Napier on December 23. Ravindra made his New Zealand debut. His sole competitive match since then was on January 15 against Northern Districts for Wellington.
“Conway’s symptoms from COVID-19 persist.”
Furthermore, Stead said that the decision about Devon Conway’s participation as the opening batsman in the fifth Twenty20 International match against Pakistan. He will only be made on game day. Stead was happy to wait another day for the symptoms to subside after Conway’s Covid-19-related exclusion from Friday’s fourth Twenty20 international.
Devon still has symptoms. So we’ll give him a call first thing tomorrow morning, Stead stated. However, that will be a lot better position for him in the next 24 hours, hopefully. We’ll make the call tomorrow morning once we get more information about that.