New Zealand have named a strong 15-man squad for the upcoming ICC World Cup, which will take place in the UAE and Oman from October 17 onward. Kane Williamson will captain the side and Tim Southee will be the vice captain at the mega tournament. However, two big names, Ross Taylor and Colin de Grandhomme did not get a place in the team.
Ross Taylor is the third-highest run scorer for the Black Caps in T20Is, having scored 1909 runs in 102 matches with 7 half centuries, but has not featured in the shortest format since November 2020. All-rounder Colin de Grandhomme is a hard-hitting batter and a good pace option in the middle overs. He has played 36 T20Is, scoring 487 runs and taking 11 wickets.
The bowling department consists of three spinners, including Ish Sodhi, Mitchell Santner, and Todd Astle, and four frontline seamers, including Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson, and Lockie Ferguson. The all-round options include James Neesham and Daryl Mitchell. Pacer Adam Milne has been named as an injury cover for the World Cup squad. The same 15-member squad will also play India in the 3-match T20I series after the tournament.
NZ Squad for T20 World Cup and India T20Is
- Kane Williamson (C), Devon Conway, Martin Guptill, Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Tim Seifert (WK), Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson
New Zealand’s 4-month long Asian tour will begin with the 5-match T20I series against Bangladesh from September 1 onward. The squad will be captained by wicketkeeper-batter Tom Latham. The 16-member squad includes the uncapped pair of all-rounder Cole McConchie and pacer Ben Sears. The same squad will also play in the three ODIs against Pakistan starting from September 17.
Squad for Bangladesh T20Is and Pakistan ODIs
- Tom Latham (C/WK), Finn Allen, Will Young, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell (WK), Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Jacob Duffy, Scott Kuggeleijn, Cole McConchie, Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra, Blair Tickner, Hamish Bennett, Matt Henry (ODI only), Ben Sears (T20 only)
Some of the members of the T20 World Cup squad, such as Martin Guptill, Mark Chapman, Todd Astle, and Ish Sodhi, will return to the side for the 5-match T20I series against Pakistan, which is set to begin on September 25.
Squad for Pakistan T20Is
- Tom Latham (C/WK), Martin Guptill, Finn Allen, Will Young, Tom Blundell (WK), Mark Chapman, Colin de Grandhomme, Daryl Mitchell, Ajaz Patel, Ish Sodhi, Ben Sears, Blair Tickner, Todd Astle, Hamish Bennett, Matt Henry
New Zealand Schedule
Tour of Bangladesh
|Sep 1||Bangladesh vs. New Zealand, 1st T20||Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Mirpur|
|Sep 3||Bangladesh vs. New Zealand, 2nd T20||Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Mirpur|
|Sep 5||Bangladesh vs. New Zealand, 3rd T20||Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Mirpur|
|Sep 8||Bangladesh vs. New Zealand], 4th T20||Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Mirpur|
|Sep 10||Bangladesh vs. New Zealand, 5th T20||Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Mirpur|
Tour of Pakistan
|Sep 17||Pakistan vs. New Zealand, 1st ODI||Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium|
|Sep 19||Pakistan vs. New Zealand, 2nd ODI||Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium|
|Sep 21||Pakistan vs. New Zealand, 3rd ODI||Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium|
|Sep 25||Pakistan vs. New Zealand, 1st T20||Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore|
|Sep 26||Pakistan vs. New Zealand, 2nd T20||Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore|
|Sep 29||Pakistan vs. New Zealand, 3rd T20||Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore|
|Oct 1||Pakistan vs. New Zealand, 4th T20||Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore|
|Oct 3||Pakistan vs. New Zealand, 5th T20||Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore|
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