Lockie Ferguson has been ruled out of participation in the ongoing T20I series against Sri Lanka after receiving a fracture on his right thumb during training.
X-rays revealed the right-arm paceman had sustained a small fracture to the middle joint while he was fielding a ball at practice on Saturday.
New Zealand will not name a replacement for the injured Ferguson, who will be returning home in the coming days.
“It’s a shame for Lockie to have to miss this series, especially coming off the back of such an impressive World Cup campaign in England,” coach Gary Stead said.
“The thumb has been put in a splint and is expected to take four to six weeks to recover; so we’re optimistic he’ll be available for the five-game T20 series against England, which starts on November 1 in Christchurch," he added.
“We won’t name a replacement at this stage as we’re confident we have adequate cover within the T20 squad who are here.”
The fast bowling duties will be performed by Tim Southee, Seth Rance and Scott Kuggeleijn in his absence.