Martin set for late World Cup entry

Tuffey sent home with shoulder injury

Cricinfo staff

March 24, 2007

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Daryl Tuffey has been ruled out of the World Cup after injuring his right arm during New Zealand's 114-run win over Canada and will be replaced by Chris Martin. Tuffey will return home on Sunday after being released by the ICC medical panel and New Zealand have asked the body to approve Martin's entry.

Tuffey had an ultrasound in St Lucia on Friday that revealed the problem and he is due to have a MRI scan when the team arrives in Antigua to prepare for the Super Eights. The match against Canada was Tuffey's first of the tournament and the injury is in the same shoulder that forced him to miss two years on the international scene.

"Our understanding, having gone to the doctor yesterday, is that he won't be able to take any further part in the tournament and we need to replace him," Lindsay Crocker, New Zealand's general manager, told reporters. "We need to go through procedures with ICC to put that into effect." Martin is due to arrive in Antigua on Sunday.

Tuffey, 28, did not appear for New Zealand between playing against Australia in February 2005 and his return for the Chappell-Hadlee one-day series in New Zealand last month. Crocker said the injury was slightly different to the previous problem. "It's in the bicep itself rather than the attachment of the bicep muscle to the shoulder," he said.

New Zealand also have fitness concerns regarding Mark Gillespie, who hasn't played in the World Cup because of a shoulder problem caused by a viral infection. Crocker said Gillespie has until Sunday to prove his fitness.

© AFP

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