New Zealand has announced its squad for the upcoming T20 International series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Tom Latham will be the captain of New Zealand. Tom Latham has returned to the national T20 squad for the first time since 2021.
Tim Southee, Kane Williamson, Glenn Phillips, Devon Conway, Mitchell Santner, Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, and Lockie Ferguson haven’t found a place in the New Zealand team as they all are released to play in the IPL starting on March 31. The New Zealand cricket board has provided them with the NOC.
Speaking on the new skipper, Tom Latham’s coach Gary Stead praised his performance in the previous series.
New Zealand coach Gary Stead said, “We saw in the series against India this year what a range of shots Tom Latham has. He can bat in different positions. He led an inexperienced team against Bangladesh in 2021, and we were quite impressed by it.”
New Zealand has included two uncapped players -Chad Bowes and Henry Shipley while Jimmy Neesham returns to the team.
New Zealand has selected a 13-man squad for the series against Sri Lanka, while a 16-man squad has been selected against Pakistan. After the home T20 International series against Sri Lanka, coach Stead will take a break in the T20 International series against Pakistan. They will return to Rawalpindi on April 26 for a five-match ODI series.
New Zealand squad for the T20I series against Sri Lanka: Tom Latham (c), Chad Bowes, Mark Chapman, Matt Henry, Ben Lister, Adam Milne, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Rachin Ravindra, Tim Seifert, Henry Shipley, Ish Sodhi, and Will Young
New Zealand squad for the T20I series against Pakistan: Tom Latham (c), Chad Bowes, Mark Chapman, Matt Henry, Ben Lister, Adam Milne, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Rachin Ravindra, Tim Seifert, Henry Shipley, Ish Sodhi, Will Young, Dan Cleaver, Cole McConkey, and Blair Tickner