IND vs NZ: The New Zealand Cricket Board has announced its squad for the upcoming limited overs series against India. Kane Williamson will once again lead the Kiwi team after losing to Pakistan in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup. But in the series against India, two experienced and star players of New Zealand have not got a place in the team.
This is the first bilateral series between India and New Zealand after the T20 World Cup. New Zealand have not included veteran opener Martin Guptill and left arm fast bowler Trent Boult for this series. Both these stalwarts have not got a place in New Zealand’s 13-player team.
New Zealand have once again reposed faith in 23-year-old young opener Finn Allen, who opened the innings in the T20 World Cup. Bolt had opted out of New Zealand’s central contract earlier this year citing family reasons and playing in the domestic league, which is the reason why he has not been included in the squad.
Talking about the selection of players, the host team coach linked it to the future and the ODI World Cup to be held in India next year and said that he wanted to give more opportunities to youngsters and new players.
Significantly, the condition of the Indian team is also similar. The BCCI has dropped its senior players on this tour after their World Cup semi-final defeat to England and has decided to rest them for next month’s Test series against Bangladesh. Team India, which reached New Zealand tour without senior players, will play ODI and T20 series under the captaincy of Hardik Pandya and Shikhar Dhawan. The series is starting from 18 November.
New Zealand T20 team:
Kane Williamson (c), Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Daryl Mitchell, Adam Milne, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Blair Tickner
New Zealand ODI Team:
Kane Williamson (c), Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Adam Milne, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee
India-New Zealand series schedule:
- Friday 18 November: Wellington
- 20 November, Sunday: Tauranga
- Tuesday 22 November: Napier
- 25 November, Friday: Auckland
- November 27, Sunday: Hamilton
- 30 November, Wednesday: Christchurch
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