New Zealand’s ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 squad features surprises with Will Young’s inclusion over Finn Allen and notable omissions like Kyle Jamieson and Adam Milne. Kane Williamson captains the side.
The New Zealand Cricket Board has officially revealed its 15-man squad for the upcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 to be held in India. The squad announcement, made by head coach Gary Stead, included some notable surprises and omissions.
In a decision that raised some eyebrows, the Kiwis have preferred Will Young over Finn Allen in their World Cup squad. The choice was based on factors such as the anticipated gameplan in India, the conditions, and the recent form of the two players. Young’s inclusion provides New Zealand with a versatile batting option.
Pacers Kyle Jamieson and Adam Milne, who were integral parts of New Zealand’s bowling attack, have missed out on the World Cup selection. Jamieson and Milne had recently been ruled out of the ODI series against England. Instead, the pace department will be spearheaded by Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, and Matt Henry, with all-rounders Daryl Mitchell and James Neesham providing additional support.
The spin department will be handled by Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner, who are the specialist spinners in the squad. Michael Bracewell, a spin-bowling all-rounder, was unavailable for selection due to a right Achilles injury, which opened the door for James Neesham’s inclusion.
The squad will be captained by Kane Williamson, although his return date from an ACL injury remains uncertain. Tom Latham will continue to lead the team in Williamson’s absence.
For several players, this World Cup will be a historic moment. Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Daryl Mitchell, and Glenn Phillips have earned their spots in an ODI World Cup squad for the first time. Additionally, Rachin Ravindra and Will Young have received their maiden senior World Cup call-ups.
Head coach Gary Stead expressed his excitement, stating, “It’s always a special time to name a tournament team, and I’d like to congratulate the 15 players selected today. It’s a great honor to represent your country at a World Cup. From Kane and Tim heading to their fourth tournament to the guys selected for the first time, it’s always a very exciting time.”
“As with any squad named for an ICC tournament, there have been 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 tournament.”
The New Zealand team is looking forward to putting up a strong performance at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, which is expected to be a thrilling competition featuring the world’s top cricketing nations.