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Back surgery rules McCullum out of NatWest T20 Blast quarter-final

Brendon McCullum is set to undergo back surgery
Brendon McCullum is set to undergo back surgery
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Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum will not be playing for Middlesex in the quarter-final of the NatWest Twenty20 Blast against Northamptonshire on Tuesday as he is set to undergo a back surgery.

McCullum played six games for Middlesex in the group stage of the NatWest T20 Blast and later on, he took part in the 2016 Caribbean Premier League for Trinbago Knight Riders.

Director of cricket at Middlesex, Agnus Fraser revealed that he was aware of McCullum’s condition and added that he was regularly in touch with the 34-year-old during the CPL.

Though Middlesex have been struck by a series of injuries to key players, Fraser is confident that the squad is competent enough to pose a challenge to Northamptonshire in the quarterfinal.

“I have been in regular contact with Brendon whilst he was at the Caribbean Premier League and was aware that he was struggling with his back,” Fraser said.

“The short nature of a T20 means there is always the temptation to play someone when they have an injury but Brendon felt he could not do himself justice and did not want to risk letting the team down in such an important game.

“He has been having regular injections and dosing up on painkillers for some time just to get by, which is not particularly good for you.

“As a club, we have not had a lot of luck with injuries in the past couple of weeks.

“Seven 1st XI players have been forced to miss cricket or play in discomfort for one reason or another.

“But we will travel to Northampton on Tuesday with an excited and extremely capable squad.

“These are the sort of games we wanted to be involved in when we discussed our goals at the start of the season and we will give it everything we have got.”

McCullum played six matches for Middlesex in the 2016 NatWest T20 Blast and scored 132 runs from five innings including a high score of 87 not out.

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