Kane Williamson-led New Zealand will travel with a 20-member squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup in India to be held later this year. The tournament will be played October-November. The general trend of teams travelling with 15 or 16 players changed after international cricket resumed amid the pandemic as they preferred bigger squads.
Having reached the World Test Championship finals The Kiwi team has enough time for preparation for the big final later this year in June. Now they are turning their focus onto the ICC T20 World Cup as well.
New Zealand To Bring 20-Member Squad To India For World T20
“The way Covid is at the moment and the way the world is changing so quickly, I’d probably expect there could be up to 20 people in the squad. “In some ways, that makes it easier getting the balance you want throughout and having your people who are next in line ready to go” Stead was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz.
Ahead of the mega-event, New Zealand will be playing five-match T20 international series against Australia, starting from Monday.
“Australia are still a dangerous team. You could argue this is the form team of the Big Bash that’s over here right now. Yes, they may not have some of those names that we expect to see, but when you look through their lineup, they’re still class right the way through,” Stead said of the upcoming series.
Meanwhile, the battle for the second spot in the WTC finals is heating up. The winner of the India-England series will play New Zealand in the finals later this year in June at Lord’s.
England’s loss to India in the second Test was their first after six consecutive wins in Asian conditions. The loss also pushed them to the fourth position in the World Test Championship points table, while India moved up to the second spot.