Veteran middle-order batsman Ross Taylor has been not included in the 15-member squad for ICC T20 World Cup that is slated to begin from 17th October in the United Arab Emirates. All-rounder Colin de Grandhomme is another notable absentee from the World Cup squad. Captain Kane Williamson will lead the side for the showpiece event this year.
Ross Taylor, who represented New Zealand in 102 T20I matches, hasn’t played a T20 game for New Zealand since November last year. Ish Sodhi, Todd Astle and Mitchell Santner are three spinners named in the squad, while Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Kyle Jamieson and Trent Boult are four prominent pacers for New Zealand for the showpiece event.
James Neesham and Daryl Mitchell are two quality all-rounders included in the New Zealand’s World Cup squad. Pacer Adam Milne has been named as a reserve player and will travel with New Zealand final squad to the United Arab Emirates.
The same group of players will travel to India after conclusion of the T20 World Cup to play three-match T20I series.
NZ squad for ICC T20 World Cup and India series: Kane Williamson (captain), Glenn Phillips, Devon Conway, Mark Chapman, Tim Seifert (wk), Martin Guptill, Todd Astle, Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Lockie Ferguson, James Neesham.
New Zealand is scheduled tour Bangladesh, Pakistan and India this year. The T20 squad is scheduled to leave for Bangladesh on 23rd August. The visitors will play five-match T20I Internationals. Opener Tom Latham will lead the side for the Bangladesh T20I series. The 16-member squad includes uncapped pacer Ben Sears and all-rounder Cole McConchie.
Rachin Ravindra, Ben Sears and Cole McConchie are uncapped players named in New Zealand ODI squad for Pakistan series. Wellington Coach Glenn Pocknall will be the interim coach for New Zealand. Shane Jurgensen will be bowling coach for New Zealand for the tours of Bangladesh and Pakistan.
New Zealand Squad for Bangladesh and Pakistan series:
Tom Latham (captain/wicket-keeper ), Finn Allen, Hamish Bennett, Tom Blundell (wk), Henry Nicholls, Will Young, Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Jacob Duffy, Scott Kuggeleijn, Cole McConchie, Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra, Ben Sears (included in the T20 squad), Matt Henry (included in limited-overs squad), Blair Tickner.
For the five-match T20I series against Pakistan, Todd Astle, Ish Sodhi, Mark Chapman and Martin Guptill will join New Zealand squad. Pacer Matt Henry will be included in the T20I squad for the Pakistan series.
New Zealand Squad for Pakistan T20Is: Tom Latham (captain/wk), Martin Guptill, Finn Allen, Will Young, Daryl Mitchell, Colin de Grandhomme, Hamish Bennett, Tom Blundell (wk), Mark Chapman, Matt Henry, Todd Astle, Ajaz Patel, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Ben Sears.