Corey Anderson's Cricket World Cup hopes have dwindled, with the all-rounder heading to the sub-continent to play in the Pakistan Super League.
The T20 competition runs from February 14-March 17, effectively ruling Anderson out of New Zealand's upcoming ODO series with Bangladesh which begins next Wednesday.
Anderson last played for the Blackcaps in November's T20 series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, before a recurring heel injury flared up, sending him home early.
The 28-year-old returned to cricket in January with the Northern Knights in the Super Smash T20 competition. Anderson has produced encouraging results, but failed to earn selection for the recently completed ODI series against India or the upcoming T20 series.
Anderson had reportedly considered a return to red-ball cricket in the Plunket Shield to prove his fitness, but his contract with the Lahore Qalanders suggests he has been told he is surplus to requirements for the cricket showpiece event.
In Lochore, Anderson will join former South African captain AB de Villiers, Zimbabwean Brendon Taylor and fellow Kiwi Anton Devcich.