New Zealand has announced a 13 member squad for the upcoming T20I series against Bangladesh. After the conclusion of the ODI series, New Zealand and Bangladesh will play a 3 match T20I series. The hosts have included some new faces but will still be without their skipper Kane Williamson during the T20I series.
Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Jimmy Neesham and Tim Seifert has been given a break to spend time with their family before they leave for IPL 2021. Finn Allen who was recently named in RCB’s squad for IPL 2021 has received his maiden call-up for the T20I series against Bangladesh.
Also, fast bowlers Lockie Ferguson and Adam Milne return to the squad after injury lay-offs. The two have been precisely picked keeping the ICC T20I world cup in mind which will be played later this year in India. In absence of Kane Williamson, Tim Southee will be once again leading the New Zealand side.
New Zealand T20I Squad Against Bangladesh
Tim Southee (c), Finn Allen, Todd Astle, Hamish Bennett, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway (wk), Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Adam Milne, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Ish Sodhi, Will Young
Talking about the new New Zealand sensation Finn Allen he has been picked after his splendid performances in domestic cricket. Allen ended the Super Smash competition as the leading run-getter with 512 runs at an average of 56 and a strike rate of 193. Apart from him, Will Young has also been picked in the New Zealand side for the first time after he scored 297 runs in the Super Smash.
“It’s especially an exciting time for Finn, who will be getting his first taste of the BlackCaps environment. His Super Smash campaign with the Firebirds was nothing short of outstanding and we believe he has the skills to succeed at the next level”, said selector Gavin Larsen.
“We’re delighted to see Lockie and Adam return after working really hard to get back to this point. They are two of the premier fast bowlers in world cricket and it’s fantastic to be able to call on their services, in what is shaping as a big year of T20 cricket”, he said.