Devon Conway Sidelined in T20I Clash with Pakistan due to COVID-19

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The upcoming fourth T20 International between New Zealand and Pakistan in Christchurch on Friday will see the absence of New Zealand opener Devon Conway, who tested positive for COVID-19 just hours before the match.

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) confirmed Conway’s positive test in a statement, revealing that he has been in isolation at the team’s Christchurch hotel since yesterday. His health will be continually monitored as the team prepares for its final match against Pakistan on Sunday.

To cover for Conway’s absence, Canterbury Kings batter Chad Bowes has been added to the squad. The challenges for New Zealand don’t end there, as bowling coach Andre Adams has also tested positive for COVID.

The unfortunate development follows the earlier absence of regular skipper Kane Williamson, who is currently sidelined due to injury. Spinner Mitch Santner, who led the team in Williamson’s absence, also missed the series opener for COVID-related reasons.

Despite these setbacks, New Zealand has already secured an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series. The series is significant as it marks the beginning of Shaheen Afridi’s tenure as Pakistan’s T20 captain. As the team navigates these unexpected challenges, cricket enthusiasts await the conclusion of the series and the resolution of health concerns within the New Zealand camp.

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