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“New Zealand Unveils T20 World Cup 2024 Squad Selection”

Experienced batsman Kane Williamson has been appointed as the captain as New Zealand became the first team to unveil their squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup scheduled for June. The Kiwis announced their 15-player roster on Monday, opting for a blend of experience and talent, including Williamson along with fast bowlers Tim Southee and Trent Boult.

This will mark Williamson’s sixth appearance at a T20 World Cup and his fourth as captain, while Southee is set for his seventh appearance and Boult his fifth, as New Zealand aims to secure their maiden title in the shortest format of the game.

New Zealand’s squad didn’t present any major surprises, with key players Kyle Jamieson (back) and Adam Milne (ankle) ruled out due to injury. Despite recent impressive performances, players like Will O’Rourke, Tom Latham, Tim Seifert, and Will Young missed out on selection. Notably, there was no return for experienced top-order batsman Colin Munro, with selectors opting instead for young talent Rachin Ravindra and fast bowler Matt Henry, both of whom will be making their T20 World Cup debut.

In addition to the main squad, New Zealand will also travel with young pacer Ben Sears as a reserve player for the USA and West Indies leg of the tournament.

Coach Gary Stead expressed confidence in the selected squad, emphasizing their adaptability to varied conditions expected in the West Indies venues.

“I’d like to congratulate everyone named today. It’s a special time representing your country at a world tournament,” Stead remarked. “We expect the venues in the West Indies to offer quite varied conditions and feel we’ve selected a squad with the scope to adapt to those conditions.”

Stead particularly highlighted the potential of Henry and Ravindra, who will be making their debut on the grand stage of the T20 World Cup. “Matt has worked exceptionally hard on his skills across the phases of a T20 game to come back into selection consideration,” Stead noted. “Rachin has made every post a winner in the past 12 months, and it was exciting to see him continue that trajectory over the summer in the T20 format against Australia.”

New Zealand’s campaign in the T20 World Cup begins with a match against Afghanistan in Guyana on June 7, followed by further Group C encounters against co-hosts West Indies, Uganda, and Papua New Guinea.

New Zealand Squad: Kane Williamson (C), Finn Allen, Trent Boult, Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee. Travelling Reserve: Ben Sears

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