Patel to replace Vettori

March 7th, 2009 - 7:52 pm ICT by IANS  

Christchurch, March 7 (IANS) Spinner Jeetan Patel has been drafted in the New Zealand side as a replacement for skipper Daniel Vettori, whose wife is expecting the birth of their first child.
Team manager Dave Currie said that Vettori and his wife Mary are expecting that there might be complications during the birth, which is due shortly.

“In case Daniel is called away at short notice, Jeetan has come in on standby,” Currie said. “He will remain with the squad through the one day international series (against India) or until required.”

Patel, who was in the New Zealand A squad for the match against the England Lions in Christchurch, has been replaced there by Bruce Martin.

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