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New Zealand name 15-member squad for T20 World Cup

By Bet Barter

August 10, 2021

New Zealand have announced the squad for the T20 World Cup and the preceding tours to Bangladesh and Pakistan. Several senior players including captain Kane Williamson have been rested from the T2OIs against Bangladesh and Pakistan. This has been done to ensure that players, who will also take part in the second leg of the Indian Premier League(IPL), don’t burn out before the showpiece event in UAE.

New Zealand Cricket chief David White said it’s necessary for the management to take care of the players during this current pandemic 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 (year’s) massive playing programme,” White said.

Tom Latham has been named as the skipper of New Zealand for the bilateral series’ while Williamson will be back at the helm for the T20 World Cup, which starts on October 17. Meanwhile, Ross Taylor, who was supposed to be part of the Pakistan ODIs, has been asked to stay back in New Zealand to prepare for the Test series against India. The squad for the Test series will be announced next month.

New Zealand squad for the Twenty20 World Cup and India Twenty 20s: Kane Williamson (capt), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee.

New Zealand Squad for Bangladesh Twenty20s and Pakistan ODIs: Tom Latham (capt), Finn Allen, Hamish Bennett, Tom Blundell, 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.

New Zealand Squad for Pakistan Twenty20s: TomLatham (capt), Finn Allen, Todd Astle, Hamish Bennett, Tom Blundell, Mark Chapman, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Daryl Mitchell, Ajaz Patel, Ish Sodhi, Ben Sears, Blair Tickner, Will Young.