NZ vs BAN: New Zealand has announced their 13-men squad for the T20 series against Bangladesh. Several key players, including regular captain Kane Williamson, have been rested from the series while veteran Tim Southee has been given the command of the team.
Two uncapped players, Finn Allen and Will Young have been rewarded with a place in the team for their impressive performance in last season’s Super Smash – New Zealand’s domestic T20 competition.
Opener Finn Allen finished the season as Super Smash’s top-scorer, amassing 512 runs at an impressive average of 56, while his strike rate read a staggering 193.
Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Jimmy Neesham and Tim Seifert have given the T20I series a miss. The above-mentioned players have been given a bit of a break as they will soon join their respective IPL teams.
Notably, Williamson is recovering from an injury, so he has not been selected by the NZC in the T20 squad. At the same time, Adam Milne and Lockie Ferguson have returned to the team.
“The six guys who will miss this series are incumbents in our T20 side, and the decision to give them some time at home with family before they embark on a long stint in India was principally made with their welfare in mind,” said selector Gavin Larsen.
Larsen explained that it is important to check out other players, with the T20 World Cup set to take place in India later this year.
“We’re also very aware of the need to give others opportunities in a World Cup year, and it’s great to be able to introduce Finn and Will to the set-up, as well as welcome back Lockie and Adam,” Larsen added.
Milne, who has been suffering from the injury for some time, has returned to the T20 team after more than two years. He last played for New Zealand in a T20I in 2018.
Currently, the ODI series is being played between New Zealand and Bangladesh. After this, the T20 series will start in Hamilton on 28 March. The second match of the T20 series will be played at Napier on 30 March and the last match in Auckland on 01 April.
New Zealand T20I Squad:
Tim Southee (c), Finn Allen, Todd Astle, Hamish Bennett, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Adam Milne, Darryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Ish Sodhi and Will Young.