Black Caps have named 15-man squad for 2019 Cricket World Cup. New Zealand have become first team to make squad announcement for CWC 2019. New Zealand Cricket has picked an experienced team for the premier ICC tournament. Kane Williamson will be captain of the Kiwi squad. Tom Blundell is selected as reserve glove-man to backup regular wicket-keeper Tom Latham. Ish Sodhi is chosen as second spinner after spin bowling all-rounder Mitchell Santner. Colin Munro has retained place in the ICC Cricket World Cup touring party.
Kiwi coach Gary Stead said: “The World Cup is the pinnacle of cricket, and to be the first nation to name a squad for the tournament is really exciting. I’d like to congratulate all the players selected. To represent your country at a World Cup is a huge honour, and I know the entire squad and support staff are looking forward to the challenges ahead.”
Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls are likely to open New Zealand batting. Colin Munro will have to probably adjust in middle order. He may be limited to reserve batsman role if original lineup performs well. Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor will form backbone of the middle order. Tom Latham is regular wicket-keeper in squad. He may open innings in some matches if need arises. Jimmy Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme are fast bowling all-rounders. Mitchell Santner provides spin bowling all-rounder option. Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson form the pace battery. New Zealand are one of the favourits for the Cricket World Cup title for 2019 edition in England and Wales.
Gary Stead further elaborated: “As with any squad named for a major tournament, there’s had to be some tough calls and there will be some disappointed players. The key for us was finding the right balance for the squad and making sure we had our bases covered for what is going to be a very competitive World Cup. As a one-day unit we’ve been pretty consistent over the past few years and possess a very experienced group of core players, proven at the top level.”
New Zealand Squad: Kane Williamson (capt), Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Colin Munro, Tom Blundell (wk), Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson
“I’d like to congratulate all the players selected. To represent your country at a World Cup is a huge honour.”
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) April 2, 2019