The ICC on Sunday approved fast bowler Daryl Tuffey as a replacement for injured Hamish Bennett in the New Zealand squad, for the ongoing cricket World Cup.
New Zealand had nominated Tuffey as a replacement for Bennett, who had suffered an injury to his left ankle and Achilles tendon while bowling, during their 112-run loss to Sri Lanka in Mumbai on March 18, and ICC on Sunday confirmed World Cup's Event Technical Committee's approval of Tuffey as a replacement.
The confirmation was conveyed to the New Zealand Cricket Board on behalf of the committee.
"As per rule, any injury-based replacement requires a written submission to the event technical committee along with a diagnosis from a medical practitioner as to the extent of the injury. Once replaced, a player may not return to the squad save as an approved subsequent replacement for another injured player," the ICC said in a statement.
Bennett is the first player to be replaced due to injury in the New Zealand squad for the event. The 32-year-old right-arm fast bowler Tuffey has represented New Zealand in 94 ODIs, claiming 110 wickets to date.
As with all players in the tournament, the eligibility of a replacement player is subject to approval by the ICC before that player can be officially added to the squad.
The Event Technical Committee of the cricket World Cup 2011 consists of David Richardson (ICC, chairman), Prof Ratnakar Shetty (Tournament Director), Campbell Jamieson (IDI representative), Anil Kumble (host nominee), David Lloyd (independent nomination) and Sanjay Manjrekar (independent nomination).