Finn Allen to join New Zealand squad after recuperating from Covid-

After returning two negative Covid tests, New Zealand opener Finn Allen, who tested positive for Covid-19 a week before the first T20I against Bangladesh, is set to rejoin the rest of the group. Allen tested positive for Covid-19 48 hours after landing in Dhaka on August 24, and was thus denied entry to the bubble. As a result, the 22-year-old was unable to play in the opening T20I on September 1.

Though it is unknown when the opener will be ready to play, stand-in coach Glenn Pocknall has confirmed that Allen would be considered as soon as he is declared healthy and ready to play.

Allen and Colin de Grandhomme arrived in Dhaka three days ahead of the rest of the New Zealand team, having completed their Hundred campaign ahead of schedule.

Allen was summoned back into the side after testing negative on Wednesday and Thursday. He made his T20I debut earlier this year against Bangladesh, scoring a half-century in the third game. Allen went on to play in the Vitality Blast for Lancashire, where he scored four fifties in 13 games. He hit 165 runs in eight games for the Birmingham Phoenix during the Hundred.

In the opening game in Dhaka, New Zealand lost four wickets in the powerplay, with debutant Rachin Ravindra falling in the first over. Tom Blundell, his other opener, also didn’t contribute much, which may mean Allen takes his position.

Matt Henry, Allen’s successor, is nearing the conclusion of his three-day hotel isolation before rejoining the squad on Friday, pending a negative Covid-19 test. Despite not being a like-for-like replacement, Henry’s full immunisation earned him a spot in controlled isolation upon his return to New Zealand, where he was part of the ODI team to face Pakistan.