ICC World Twenty20 2009 June 11, 2009

Redmond to join New Zealand as injury cover

Cricinfo staff

Batsman Aaron Redmond has been called up to the New Zealand squad for the ICC World Twenty20 in England as cover for Jesse Ryder, who is down with a groin injury, New Zealand Cricket confirmed today. Ryder, who was hospitalised as a precautionary measure, has been ruled out for the remainder of the tournament and will fly home after further recuperation.

Redmond, who has been playing cricket in England, is expected to join the squad and his inclusion has been approved by the ICC.

"Unfortunately medical advice is that it would be very difficult for Jesse to regain full fitness in time for the remainder of the tournament," Dave Currie, the team manager, said. "Because of the time constraints at this stage of the tournament we have made the call to bring in a replacement player, and we're fortunate that Aaron has been able to join the side for today's game.

"It's a real disappointment for Jesse. He's one of the most explosive batsmen in the world and was well placed to make his mark on this tournament."

Redmond is yet to make his Twenty20 debut for the country. Currie said Redmond could play the opening Super Eights game against Ireland today.

The team is saddled with injury worries, with batsman Ross Taylor certain to miss out against Ireland due to a hamstring pull and Daniel Vettori also in doubt with an injured left shoulder. New Zealand's next game is against Pakistan on Saturday.