Black Caps bowler Doug Bracewell is expected to miss close to two months of cricket after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Bracewell picked up the injury while fielding for the Central Stags during their domestic Twenty20 Super Smash clash with the Northern Knight's in New Plymouth on Saturday night.
The 26-year-old who has played 26 tests for New Zealand will miss the rest of the domestic Twenty20 competition and has been ruled out of selection for the Black Caps until February.
Bracewell wasn't required for the recent Chappell-Hadlee one-day series, or the home test series against Pakistan, but he did tour India in October.
The injury rules Bracewell out of New Zealand's home test and limited overs series against Bangladesh later this month and in January and possibly the three-match one-day series against Australia from Jan. 30-Feb. 5.
The Black Caps three match ODI series against Bangladesh starts in Christchurch on Boxing Day.