NZ World Cup squad: Neesham, Young in; Allen, Jamieson and Milne out

The 15-man New Zealand team that will compete in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in India in 2023 was chosen with Will Young ahead of Finn Allen. Kyle Jamieson, a pacer, and Adam Milne, who was unable to play in the ODI series against England, are also missing. Trent Boult and James Neesham, who do not have joint contracts, were both chosen.

All-rounders Tim Southee, Daryl Mitchell, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, and Boult make up the pace group. The team’s top two spinners are Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner. Neesham was granted the opportunity to join the team after spin-bowling all-arounder Michael Bracewell was unable to be chosen due to a right achilles injury that has kept him out for six to seven months.

Squad: Kane Williamson (c), Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (vc,wk), Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Will Young

Gary Stead, the head coach, stated: “We believed that Youngy was the right guy to go with. “We could only suppose that we had looked at the two individuals’ physical characteristics as well as the planned course of action in India and the surrounding area.

Kane Williamson will lead the team despite not having a specific recovery schedule for his ACL injury yet. Vice-captain Tom Latham will lead the squad until Williamson is available.

Williamson and Southee will play in their fourth World Cup match. Rachin Ravindra and Young were chosen for their first-ever senior World Cup selections, while Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Daryl Mitchell, and Glenn Phillips earned their ODI World Cup debuts.

The 15 athletes that were selected today please me. The tournament team is usually introduced at a big event. It’s a privilege to be selected to represent your country at a World Cup, Stead continued. Whether Kane and Tim are leaving for their fourth tournament or someone is selected for the first time, it’s usually a really exciting moment.

Some difficult decisions had to be made, as with every team picked for an ICC competition, and some players will be dissatisfied.

It was vital for us to find the right squad balance and to get ready for a very competitive event.

After September 28, all substitutions require ICC clearance. The deadline for all clubs to complete their 15-player rosters is September 28.


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