New Zealand selectors have locked its World T20 squad set to take place later this year in the UAE. The T20 World Cup was to occur in India; however, the BCCI moved it to the UAE along with the second leg of IPL 2021 due to the COVID-19 threat.
New Zealand announces Squad for Bangladesh Tour
Along with its T20 World Cup squad, New Zealand has also announced the team for the white-ball fixtures in Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Veteran batsman Ross Taylor has not made it to the T20 World Cup squad, while all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme also suffered the same fate.
All other players, including Kyle Jamieson, Kane Williamson, Devon Conway, Martin Guptill, have made it to the squad. Right-arm seamer Adam Milne has also received the nod, named as an injury cover
New Zealand squad for Bangladesh T20 & ODI
Tom Latham (c) (wk), Finn Allen, Hamish Bennett, Tom Blundell (wk), Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Jacob Duffy, Matt Henry (ODI only), Scott Kuggeleijn, Cole McConchie, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra, Ben Sears (T20 only), Blair Tickner, Will Young
Coaching Staff: Glenn Pocknall, Graeme Aldridge, Tilan Samaraweera
The first Black Caps squad will depart for Bangladesh on 23 August and players from the Test tour of India will return home and complete managed isolation before Christmas.
NZC chief executive David White said taking care of player welfare was paramount in the current pandemic environment but was confident the squads named were strong enough to bring success.
“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,” White said.
“I’m satisfied we’ve selected strong squads for all our touring commitments this winter.
“As the Black Caps proved in England earlier this year, we have good depth in the New Zealand game and I’m confident all the squads chosen will acquit themselves well.”