New Zealand's limited overs opening batsman Martin Guptill will miss the upcoming series against Pakistan after straining his calf during a Plunket Shield game with Auckland, officials said on Friday. Selector Gavin Larsen said Guptill had no choice but to withdraw from the one-day international and Twenty20 squads to face Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates. "Unfortunately for Martin it will take him some time to get over this injury and, with a long summer ahead, we need to make sure we minimise the risk of him repeating it," he said.
"Gary Stead and I will work through the possible replacement options. We now have three spots to fill in the T20 and one-day squads."
Larsen said selectors had not yet decided on a replacement.
Guptill, 32, is a mainstay of New Zealand's limited overs line-up, averaging 42.99 runs in ODIs and 34.40 in T20s.
"It's extremely frustrating to pick this up after tracking so well with how my hamstring was going... it's gutting and I wish I was out there," he said.
New Zealand will play three Twenty20 Internationals from October 21, followed by three One-Day Internationals and three Tests, although Guptill is not part of the Test squad.
After securing a 2-1 T20 series win over Pakistan A during the week, New Zealand A will begin their one-day series against Pakistan A in Dubai on Sunday.