World Twenty20 2012 September 18, 2012

New Zealand hit as Southee, Nicol fall sick

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New Zealand's World Twenty20 squad have been hit by some serious bouts of gastro, with the fast bowler Tim Southee and the batsman Rob Nicol too ill to travel with the team from Colombo to Kandy ahead of their opening match against Bangladesh, New Zealand Cricket has confirmed.

Southee felt unwell on Monday morning, and was unable to take part in New Zealand's warm-up loss to South Africa. Nicol was ill overnight and it was decided that neither he nor Southee should accompany the team on the journey to Kandy.

Instead, both have remained in Colombo under the observation of the New Zealand team doctor. Southee has been taken to hospital to be treated for signs of dehydration.

"Southee reported to medical staff that he felt unwell yesterday morning," New Zealand cricket said in a statement. "He was not able to attend the warm-up match against South Africa and subsequently displayed symptoms associated with gastro-enteritis.

"Nicol was sick over-night and could not travel comfortably this morning so also remain in Kandy under observation of the team doctor. Because Southee showed signs of dehydration it has been decided that he will receive re-hydration treatment at the local hospital.

"If sufficient improvements are made today the pair will travel to Kandy this afternoon."

"We're pretty diligent in how we go about things but we can't contain everything," New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said. "I think they'll be up either tonight or first thing in the morning, it's just precautionary."

The spin bowler Daniel Vettori, meanwhile, has also suffered from stomach trouble but has recovered sufficiently to travel with the rest of the squad. "Dan's still pretty low in terms of energy levels but getting back up," Hesson added.

Their match against Bangladesh will take place on Friday.

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  • crikcool on September 20, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    An even game on the cards as both teams are talented and could demolish any bowling attack on their day. But they can also just ruin into dust in other odd days........So just keeping my fingers crossed & hoping for an unpredictable finish........THATZ 20/20 FOR U AL

  • braindead_rocker on September 19, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    If the Mccullums fire, then Bangladesh will be on their way out.

  • shafi ahmed on September 19, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    This will be one sided match. Bangladesh will thrash nz. Southee is not regular in t20 squad, their main 4 bowlers are kyle mills, vettory, bracewell, milne and oram, ken williamson, guptil chipping in

  • shafi ahmed on September 19, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    Shakib , tamim and elias will destroy nz. Mark my word

  • on September 19, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    @zn264...lol whoa! easy there bro! don't get too carried away have you forgotten that none of the Asian teams at the Asia Cup could 'demolish' lol Bangladesh oh wait New Zealand 'demolished' Bangladesh 4-0 recently did they? good Luck though :P

  • zn264 on September 19, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    @all5stars I guess I find it insulting to always see people referring to 'gods' knowing all and that belief will some how help your team win - as apposed to discussing the game at hand. Hence my statement. Did this god get angry at our players so he made them sick? I guess if everyone prays to the 'right' god, then every team should win, and we'll have draws in every sport in the world, right?. Please don't bring up fairy tales on forums such as these, it has no place in the discussion of our great game, thanks.

  • r0ketman on September 19, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    @zn264: I would hold off on trash talking till the match is over if I was a Kiwi fan. The last time the two teams met in the subcontintent for a series, they were Banglawashed. "Allah knows best" is an expression used by Muslims to talk about future or unknown scenarios, no need to attack that statement. You are welcome to talk trash about the teams, like all fans do, we will just have to wait and see who laughs in the end when the fat lady sings!:-)

  • ankit_barry on September 19, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    all5stars: None insulted, he just said something. Hope to see some good matches, somehow Srilanka with all its natural beauty doesn't hold good for an international event & it pains me

  • all5stars on September 19, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    @zn264 no need to insult religions while expressing your opinion. Imo it will Still be a close match. Best of luck to both teams.

  • zn264 on September 19, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    I'm sorry facebook poster; allah doesn't know anything...but I know the Black Caps will demolish Bangly!!! C'mon boys, get well soon, get out there and show em what we've got!

  • crikcool on September 20, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    An even game on the cards as both teams are talented and could demolish any bowling attack on their day. But they can also just ruin into dust in other odd days........So just keeping my fingers crossed & hoping for an unpredictable finish........THATZ 20/20 FOR U AL

  • braindead_rocker on September 19, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    If the Mccullums fire, then Bangladesh will be on their way out.

  • shafi ahmed on September 19, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    This will be one sided match. Bangladesh will thrash nz. Southee is not regular in t20 squad, their main 4 bowlers are kyle mills, vettory, bracewell, milne and oram, ken williamson, guptil chipping in

  • shafi ahmed on September 19, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    Shakib , tamim and elias will destroy nz. Mark my word

  • on September 19, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    @zn264...lol whoa! easy there bro! don't get too carried away have you forgotten that none of the Asian teams at the Asia Cup could 'demolish' lol Bangladesh oh wait New Zealand 'demolished' Bangladesh 4-0 recently did they? good Luck though :P

  • zn264 on September 19, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    @all5stars I guess I find it insulting to always see people referring to 'gods' knowing all and that belief will some how help your team win - as apposed to discussing the game at hand. Hence my statement. Did this god get angry at our players so he made them sick? I guess if everyone prays to the 'right' god, then every team should win, and we'll have draws in every sport in the world, right?. Please don't bring up fairy tales on forums such as these, it has no place in the discussion of our great game, thanks.

  • r0ketman on September 19, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    @zn264: I would hold off on trash talking till the match is over if I was a Kiwi fan. The last time the two teams met in the subcontintent for a series, they were Banglawashed. "Allah knows best" is an expression used by Muslims to talk about future or unknown scenarios, no need to attack that statement. You are welcome to talk trash about the teams, like all fans do, we will just have to wait and see who laughs in the end when the fat lady sings!:-)

  • ankit_barry on September 19, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    all5stars: None insulted, he just said something. Hope to see some good matches, somehow Srilanka with all its natural beauty doesn't hold good for an international event & it pains me

  • all5stars on September 19, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    @zn264 no need to insult religions while expressing your opinion. Imo it will Still be a close match. Best of luck to both teams.

  • zn264 on September 19, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    I'm sorry facebook poster; allah doesn't know anything...but I know the Black Caps will demolish Bangly!!! C'mon boys, get well soon, get out there and show em what we've got!

  • Desihungama on September 19, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    Hey Tim, Rob. Get well soon guys. We got a game to play in group match. Cheers.

  • jimbo76 on September 19, 2012, 3:00 GMT

    The aussie team carry allot of acidophilus tablets before they travel to Asia, helps to protect you from nasty stomach bugs, i hope this series doesn't turn into a series of food related illness but then again it can be in the water or ice you have in your drinks.

  • shortsillypoint on September 18, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    Cpt Meanster - you clearly have a weak Western stomach too living in health obsessed Canada! Seeing you are taking the comment seriously - then yes if you live in very sanitary conditions you dont develop the immune system to defend a microbe or bacteria attack. Of course a very serious infection can bring death to visitors or locals alike. I live in the East not NZ and am careful with where and what I eat as I have a mostly Western stomach. The safest places, from my experience and from other travelers tales, are street vegetarian hot plates and the worst higher grade hotels! But dont quote me on that!

  • on September 18, 2012, 21:14 GMT

    Dont know if good news or bad news for Bangladesh... allah knows best...

  • maddy20 on September 18, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    G.Entritis means contaminated food. How can they keep 5 star hotels unsanitary, that too when an international tournament is taking place? Real shame! @ausfor4 You should have reserved that excuse to blab it after Aus exit the tournament.

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 18, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    @shortsillypoint: Umm... your verdict is blunt. I wouldn't call it 'weak western stomachs'. Being a Canadian myself, I can relate to the whole problem. You see, I am a Canadian of Indian descent; I have tasted food of both types. Western food is usually mild and saucy most of the time. Even then there are variations and differences. It depends. I for one usually get ill big time once I eat hot and spicy curry yet I LOVE my mom's curry recipes. Being half Indian forces me to put up with it. I get sick but I go back to it all time given how delicious the food is. That's just how our bodies are. Asian people are usually better adapted to it all I guess. I think even the climate in non-Asian countries has a lot to do with it. Our climates are usually cold and moist. Canada is like that and so is NZ. The same also applies to England.

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 18, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    Yeah I know that feeling. Even people from the sub continent find it hard to cope with such conditions. I can only imagine how difficult and draining people from overseas would feel. Get well soon guys. NZ need you to fire on all cylinders.

  • Harmony111 on September 18, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    This is not good knows. They may recover from the infection but such kind of illnesses takes a lot out of you and the body needs a lot of time to get back to its best. The muscles and joints will feel esp stiff, the reflexes and agility will suffer too. Hope they get well with the least loss.

  • on September 18, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    Nicol gone.. McCullum..on.. Bring bazzzzzzzzz to the top and we have fun!!

  • shortsillypoint on September 18, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    Jacob Oram injured! - there's some news - nah not news. Lost count of the number times this happens when he is supposed to play for NZ.

    When Richard Hadlee's team traveled in the sub continent they did their own cooking. That was after Hadllee got violently ill on a previous trip there -it worked. Weak Western stomachs I guess.

  • Sinhabahu on September 18, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    They should drink some king coconut water. Works wonders for pretty much anything.

  • lilyblackcapsfan on September 18, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    @Pedroski Happened in the team hotel. Read some facts before you comment. Shame for Southee and Nicol, we'll need them if we want to get into the Super 8's! Wish you boys a speedy recovery!

  • on September 18, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    Wishing speedy recovery to Southee and Nicol.New Zealand need both of them badly.

  • on September 18, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    Pedroski .. get real .. have u been to SL .. how far have u got in cricket, or anything else for that matter ,.. get off the couch

  • morshedmahmud on September 18, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    good luck southee and nicol

  • Mujjuiz on September 18, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    I think dehydration and gastric problems can easily be taken care of, its a matter of 24 hours before they can get back into action. Injuries are worrysome and one cannot do anything about that.... NZ is s good bunch on this tour... Southee, McCullum and Talyor will be the ones to watch out for as they are in sublime form. Wishing them all the luck!

  • on September 18, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    Hope NZ get back their full strength time b4 the match against Bangladesh ... Good luck for Southee and Nicol...... Get well soon...... good wishes from Bangladesh......

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on September 18, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    There goes the already struggling Kiwis dealt another blow at the worst possible time.Expect them to put up a good fight anyways .

  • on September 18, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    The story at the start of every major tournament for the Blackcaps! :(

  • on September 18, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    How much more do NZ need to bring in Ryder for the tournament?!?!

  • RANCHO_juit on September 18, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    sad :(.....................................

  • on September 18, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    Southee will be missed by the New Zealand team. I hope he will recover soon for other matches. I wish him fast recovery.

  • Rabzzz on September 18, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    Best of wishes to both of them, from Bangladesh. We want to face the full strength NZ team come this 21st. We believe our team has what it takes to beat the Kiwis.

  • Pedroski on September 18, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    nz players getting stomach bugs...Hello... it's about time nz cricket got a grip.. to my mind players should not be allowed to wander off to eat where they like... this is an International Tournament for goodness sake.. strict controls on all movements goes without saying... get the basics right b4 you get on the park..and I know it's coming...we checked it all out.... yeah right.. I have some serious concerns about our success on this tour..

  • akshat_agrawal on September 18, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    Sad...Southee would be missed by the Kiwis , he has a 5Wi in t20 cricket.He is in superb form.New Zealand are a talented team and have what it takes to lift the t20 world cup.~!

  • HMVilla on September 18, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    Ayyo Salli..................................................

  • ausfor4 on September 18, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    The Sub Continent is already favouring the local teams:-)

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  • ausfor4 on September 18, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    The Sub Continent is already favouring the local teams:-)

  • HMVilla on September 18, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    Ayyo Salli..................................................

  • akshat_agrawal on September 18, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    Sad...Southee would be missed by the Kiwis , he has a 5Wi in t20 cricket.He is in superb form.New Zealand are a talented team and have what it takes to lift the t20 world cup.~!

  • Pedroski on September 18, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    nz players getting stomach bugs...Hello... it's about time nz cricket got a grip.. to my mind players should not be allowed to wander off to eat where they like... this is an International Tournament for goodness sake.. strict controls on all movements goes without saying... get the basics right b4 you get on the park..and I know it's coming...we checked it all out.... yeah right.. I have some serious concerns about our success on this tour..

  • Rabzzz on September 18, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    Best of wishes to both of them, from Bangladesh. We want to face the full strength NZ team come this 21st. We believe our team has what it takes to beat the Kiwis.

  • on September 18, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    Southee will be missed by the New Zealand team. I hope he will recover soon for other matches. I wish him fast recovery.

  • RANCHO_juit on September 18, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    sad :(.....................................

  • on September 18, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    How much more do NZ need to bring in Ryder for the tournament?!?!

  • on September 18, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    The story at the start of every major tournament for the Blackcaps! :(

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on September 18, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    There goes the already struggling Kiwis dealt another blow at the worst possible time.Expect them to put up a good fight anyways .