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Ravindra and Henry earn maiden World Cup call-ups as New Zealand name T20 World Cup 2024 squad

Ravindra and Henry earn maiden World Cup call-ups as New Zealand name T20 World Cup 2024 squad
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The stage is set for some exciting cricket, and New Zealand have unveiled its provisional 15-man T20 World Cup 2024 squad, with the exciting inclusion of two rising stars – Rachin Ravindra and Matt Henry – marking a blend of experience and fresh talent. While seasoned campaigners like Tim Southee and Trent Boult anchor the bowling attack, Ravindra and Henry’s selections highlight New Zealand’s commitment to nurturing young talent.

Both players are set to play their first-ever T20 World Cup after impressing in domestic cricket, and then in the international circuit. Furthermore, Devon Conway, despite his recent stint on the sidelines due to injury, has been named in the squad, signaling his pivotal role as the first-choice keeper and opener. Conway’s inclusion showcases the team’s confidence in his abilities to deliver on the grand stage.

However, the Kiwis faced a setback as Adam Milne was ruled out due to an ankle injury requiring surgery. Nonetheless, the presence of stalwarts like Tim Southee and Trent Boult adds depth and experience to the bowling attack, with Southee set to make his seventh appearance in a T20 World Cup. Additionally, Ben Sears has been named as the 16th traveling reserve, providing cover and versatility to the team.

The return of Williamson after missing out on the last two T20I series strengthens the leadership and batting prowess of the team. However, selectors faced tough decisions, notably excluding veteran batters Colin Munro and Martin Guptill from the final squad.

Coach Gary Stead stressed the significance of experience in World Cups while acknowledging the promising performances of younger players during the recent Pakistan series. This strategic balance aims to maximize New Zealand’s chances of success in the tournament.

“I think when you go to World Cups you want experience and you want people that know what it’s like,” Stead said. “That certainly doesn’t exclude those that have really put their hand up. I think that what’s been really exciting about the tour to Pakistan. We’ve seen some performances from some younger players, that’s really exciting for our future.

And the message I had to them was, look, you haven’t been selected in the side, but in two years there’ll be another World Cup and that should be certainly a big enough carrot for you guys to put pressure on these guys that are here now.”

New Zealand T20 World Cup 2024 squad:

Kane Williamson (c), Finn Allen, Trent Boult, Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ben Sears (travelling reserve)

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