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NZC outlines winter tours strategy | T20 World Cup squad revealed

Player and staff welfare will take on extra significance this winter as New Zealand Cricket attempts to balance the BLACKCAPS workloads over a four month-long period, incorporating tours to Bangladesh, Pakistan, and India, as well as the ICC T20 World Cup in the UAE.

While the Test squad to tour India will not be announced for another month or so, the BLACKCAPS white-ball squads will comprise a total of 32 players - including two new to the set-up in Canterbury all-rounder Cole McConchie, and Wellington paceman Ben Sears.

Additionally, a new crew of coaching staff, headed by Wellington coach Glenn Pocknall, will lead the tours to Bangladesh and Pakistan alongside experienced manager Mike Sandle – with regular BLACKCAPS bowling coach Shane Jurgenson joining as head coach for the Pakistan T20 series.

Tom Latham will captain the side in Bangladesh and Pakistan, and the usual combination of skipper Kane Williamson and coach Gary Stead will resume duties for the T20 World Cup and the Test tour to India.

Ross Taylor was selected for the three ODIs in Pakistan but, with the brief nature of the one-week series and the length of quarantine protocols, it was mutually agreed he would remain at home to prepare for the Indian Test tour and upcoming home summer.

The first BLACKCAPS squad will depart for Bangladesh on the 23rd of this month and the players from the Test tour to India will return home and emerge from MIQ just before Christmas.

NZC chief executive David White said changing times demanded changing strategies, with player welfare and support now one of professional sport’s biggest challenges, particularly in the current pandemic environment.

“The need to safeguard the well-being of our players and support staff is now very real, and we’ve endeavoured to do this by carefully managing their workloads over this winter’s massive playing programme”, said Mr White.

He said the decision had the backing of the NZC Board and the New Zealand Cricket Players Association.

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“I’m satisfied we’ve selected strong squads for all our touring commitments this winter.

“As the BLACKCAPS proved in England earlier this year, we have good depth in the New Zealand game and I’m confident all the squads chosen will acquit themselves well.”

Mr White confirmed that those BLACKCAPS involved in the prematurely suspended IPL21 would be allowed to re-join their franchises, and complete the competition when it re-starts in September.

“It’s a pragmatic approach,” said Mr White. “We’ve always tried to be realistic about the IPL and this particular issue is very much a one-off, caused by a unique set of circumstances.”

BLACKCAPS squad for ICC T20 World Cup and India T20s

Kane Williamson (c)

Todd Astle

Trent Boult

Mark Chapman

Devon Conway

Lockie Ferguson

Martin Guptill

Kyle Jamieson

Daryl Mitchell

Jimmy Neesham

Glenn Phillips

Mitchell Santner

Tim Seifert (wk)

Ish Sodhi

Tim Southee

*Adam Milne (injury cover)

*Adam Milne has been selected as the 16th man and will join the team for the tournament but can only be called upon to replace a player in the squad in the event of an injury.

Coaching Staff: Gary Stead, Shane Jurgensen, Luke Ronchi, (fourth coach TBA)

BLACKCAPS squad for Bangladesh T20s & Pakistan ODIs

Tom Latham (c) (wk)

Finn Allen

Hamish Bennett

Tom Blundell (wk)

Doug Bracewell

Colin de Grandhomme

Jacob Duffy

Matt Henry (ODI only)

Scott Kuggeleijn

Cole McConchie

Henry Nicholls

Ajaz Patel

Rachin Ravindra

Ben Sears (T20 only)

Blair Tickner

Will Young

Coaching Staff: Glenn Pocknall, Graeme Aldridge, Thilan Samaraweera

BLACKCAPS squad for Pakistan T20s

Tom Latham (c) (wk)

Finn Allen

Todd Astle

Hamish Bennett

Tom Blundell (wk)

Mark Chapman

Colin de Grandhomme

Martin Guptill

Matt Henry

Daryl Mitchell

Ajaz Patel

Ish Sodhi

Ben Sears

Blair Tickner

Will Young

Coaching Staff: Shane Jurgensen, Glenn Pocknall, Graeme Aldridge, Tilan Samaraweera

More Squad Information

BLACKCAPS winter fixtures

Bangladesh – Five T20 Internationals

Pakistan – Three ODIs and five T20 Internationals

ICC T20 World Cup – Group 1 (India, Pakistan, Afghanistan + two more teams to be added)

India – Three T20 Internationals and two Tests

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