New Zealand selectors have closed its World T20 group which will take place in the UAE later this year. The T20 World Cup would take place in India; however, the BCCI moved it to the UAE along with the second leg of IPL 2021 due to the COVID-19 threat. Along with its T20 World Cup team, New Zealand also announced the team for the white ball matches in Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Veteran batsman Ross Taylor did not make the T20 World Cup squad, while versatile Colin de Grandhomme also suffered the same fate. All other players, including Kyle Jamieson, Kane Williamson, Devon Conway, Martin Guptill, made the team. Right-arm man Adam Milne also suffered a nod, named as an injury cover.
The same 15 men also play a T20 series against India before the T20 World Cup. New Zealand’s four-month-long Asian stay begins with the five-match T20I series against Bangladesh, and the team leaves on 23 August. But the Kiwis have selected a separate group for the same and the tour in Pakistan, where Tom Latham will lead. Greg Pocknall travels with them as the head coach for their tours in Bangladesh and Pakistan, while the bowling coach, Shane Jurgensen, later joins the Pakistan T20 series.
Kane Williamson leads New Zealand in the T20 World Cup:
New Zealand T20 World Cup Group: Kane Williamson (c), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert (wk), Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee .
Team for the T20Is in Bangladesh and Pakistan’s one-day matches: Tom Latham (c / o), 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
Team for Pakistan T20Is: Tom Latham (c), Finn Allen, Todd Astle, Hamish Bennett, Tom Blundell (wk), Mark Chapman, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Daryl Mitchell, Ajaz Patel, Ish Sodhi, Ben Sears, Blair Tickner , Will Young.