New Zealand Name T20 World Cup Squad
New Zealand Cricket has announced the team for the ICC T20 World Cup to be played in October-November in the UAE. Pacemen Lockie Ferguson and Kylie Jamieson are part of the squad named for the upcoming ICC event. The New Zealand squad for the white-ball series against Pakistan and Bangladesh has also been named. Surprisingly, NZC has left out all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme and the experienced Ross Taylor from the squad for the World Cup.
Greater Attention to Staff and Player Welfare
NZC will be paying greater attention to staff and player welfare to reduce the workloads of the squad during the period leading up to the ICC World Cup. New Zealand are also scheduled to tour India for a Test series though the squad may not be announced for at least a month. New Zealand will leave for Bangladesh on 23 August. The Test tour to India will end just before Christmas.
NZC CEO Weighs In
David White, chief executive of NZC, has been quoted as saying to the media that NZC strategies have changed according to the times with player welfare the priority in the current COVID-19 environment.
“The need to safeguard the well-being of our players and support staff is now very real, and we’ve endeavoured to do this by carefully managing their workloads over this winter’s massive playing programme”
said White in an official release.
Paceman Ben Sears, All-rounder Cole McConchie in White-Ball Squad
The white-ball teams will include 32 players in all with a couple of newcomers in the form of Wellington fast bowler Ben Sears and Canterbury all-rounder Cole McConchie. The team to Bangladesh and Pakistan will be captained by Tom Latham while Kane Williamson will lead the team to the T20 World Cup and the Test squad to India with coach Gary Stead. The T20 World Cup squad will also include Adam Milne as a reserve player who can play in the competition as a replacement for an injured player.
Ross Taylor Only for Test Series to India
Initially, Ross Taylor was included in the squad for the 3-ODI series in Pakistan. However, after considering the length of the quarantine requirements for a brief one-week series, NZC decided to preserve Ross Taylor for the Test series in India.
Composition of T20 World Cup Squad
The Kane Williamson-led NZ T20 world cup squad is as follows: Daryl Mitchell, Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, Ish Sodhi, Jimmy Lockie Ferguson, Kyle Jamieson, Mark Chapman, Martin Guptill, Mitchell Santner, Neesham, Tim Seifert (wk), Tim Southee, Todd Astle, Trent Boult and Adam Milne (injury cover).
Composition of White Ball Squads to Bangladesh, Pakistan
The Tom Latham-led NZ squad for the Bangladesh T20 series and the Pakistan ODI series is as follows: Tom Latham (c) (wk), Ajaz Patel, Ben Sears (only for T20), Blair Tickner, Cole McConchie, Colin de Grandhomme, Doug Bracewell, Finn Allen, Hamish Bennett, Henry Nicholls, Jacob Duffy, Matt Henry (ODI only), Rachin Ravindra, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tom Blundell (wk), Will Young.
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