West Indies will not have Twenty20 specialist Kieron Pollard available for the three-match T20 International series against New Zealand starting on Friday.
Pollard has withdrawn from the squad due to personal reasons and has been replaced by 20-year-old left-handed batsman Shimron Hetmyer.
The 30-year-old all-rounder plies his trade in lucrative T20 leagues around the world and was initially set to play in the three-match T20 series against New Zealand which starts at Nelson’s Saxton Oval on Friday.
He was not part of the West Indies squad that suffered a 3-0 One-Day International series defeat to the Black Caps this month.
His replacement Hetmyer made his ODI debut last week and is an exciting top order prospect for the Caribbean side.
Pollard, who has played in 101 ODIs and 56 international T20 matches, is one of two late changes the Windies have made due to injury and unavailability.
Left-arm fast bowler Sheldon Cotterell replaces Ronsford Beaton, who is heading home because of a side strain.
Speedster Beaton, who also made his debut in the ODI series, had a cloud over his career after he was reported to the ICC for a suspected illegal bowling action last week.
The Windies are reigning T20 world champions and their 14-man squad facing the Black Caps includes powerful opener Chris Gayle.
All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite leads the side which also mises champion off-spinner Sunil Narine and match-winning right-hander Marlon Samuels.
The final two T20 matches of the series both take place at Mount Maunganui’s Bay Oval next Monday and Wednesday.
West Indies are winless on tour after suffering a 2-0 clean sweep in the Test series and a 3-0 whitewash in the ODI series.
SQUAD – Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Samuel Badree, Sheldon Cotterell, Rayad Emrit, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Rovman Powell, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton, Kesrick Williams.