New Zealand Cricket announced a 15-member squad for the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023 on Monday, September 11. Kane Williamson will be leading the Kiwi squad in the upcoming championship. Meanwhile, Wicket-keeper batter Tom Latham will be his deputy. The ODI World Cup is set to take place in India later this year.
The New Zealand cricket took to ‘X’ (Formerly Twitter) to share the squad for the World Cup. They adopted a unique and heartwarming way to announce the team. They released a video featuring the families of the 15 players. The video has gone viral on social media. Sharing the video on ‘X’, Blackcaps wrote, “Our 2023 @cricketworldcup squad introduced by their number 1 fans! #BACKTHEBLACKCAPS#CWC23″.
Watch the video here:
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 11, 2023
Kane Williamson, and Tim Southee to play their fourth World Cup
Kane Williamson is returning to the side after battling a knee injury that he suffered during the IPL 2023 season. This will be the fourth World Cup for him and Tim Southee. Meanwhile, the likes of Rachin Ravindra, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips and Will Young will be playing for the first time in a 50-over World Cup event.
“From Kane and Tim heading to their fourth tournament to the guys selected for the first time, it’s always a very exciting time. There have been some tough calls and there will be some disappointed players,” head coach Gary Stead said. “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.”
New Zealand squad for the ICC ODI World Cup 2023:
Kane Williamson (c), Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitch Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Will Young