Tim Southee © Getty Images
Tim Southee © Getty Images

Auckland: New Zealand pacer Tim Southee, who has been suffering from a bruising left foot, has been ruled out of the three-match Twenty20 (T20) series against Pakistan. The 27-year-old, who suffered the injury during the third One-Day International (ODI) against Sri Lanka, was originally hoped he could recover in time for T20s against Pakistan. But the CT scan has revealed that the injury was slightly more serious. ALSO READ: Matt Henry to replace Tim Southee for 4th ODI against Sri Lanka

Confirming the news, New Zealand batting coach Craig McMillan said, “It’s something that will take a wee while to get right. I’m not exactly sure of the time frame – whether it’s two to three weeks – as to where he is at. The plan in place, fingers crossed, is that hopefully he’ll be back for the end of the season – back firing for the Australia series,” he was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

The absence of the right-handed pacer, who is seen as the spearhead of the limited overs attack, would be a substantial blow to the line-up. However, New Zealand have substantial depth in their pace battery. Matt Henry was took 13 wickets at an average of 9.38 in three ODIs against Sri Lanka. Doug Bracewell, Trent Boult and Adam Milne have also had good outings in the past two weeks. ALSO READ: Brendon McCullum: Fit Tim Southee a force to reckon with in Australia vs New Zealand 2015 2nd Test

Meanwhile, Pakistani batsman Umar Akmal has been suspended from the first T20 international against New Zealand after the country’s cricket board slapped him with a one-match ban for violating the dress code in a domestic match earlier this week. The first of Pakistan’s T20s will be played in Auckland, on January 15.