The pace department of the Kiwi squad boasts a blend of experience and skill. Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, and Matt Henry will spearhead the fast bowling attack. Daryl Mitchell and James Neesham will be providing the all-round options.
The specialist spinners Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner will play crucial roles in New Zealand's World Cup campaign. Their ability to control the middle overs and take wickets will be pivotal.
Squad: Kane Williamson (c), Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (vc,wk), Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Will Young
Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Daryl Mitchell, and Glenn Phillips have earned their spots in an ODI World Cup squad for the first time. Additionally, Rachin Ravindra and Will Young have been selected for their debut senior World Cup, injecting youthful vigor into the squad.
Coach Gary Stead acknowledged the difficulty of squad selection, emphasizing the importance of striking the right balance. He recognized that some talented players might be disappointed but stressed that the aim was to ensure the team had all bases covered for what promises to be an intensely competitive tournament.
"It's always a special time to name a tournament team and I'd like to congratulate the 15 players selected today. It's a great honour to represent your country at a World Cup," Stead further said. "From Kane and Tim heading to their fourth tournament to the guys selected for the first time it's always a very exciting time."
"As with any squad named for an ICC tournament, there have been some tough calls and there will be some disappointed players.
"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."
With a dynamic blend of seasoned campaigners and emerging talents, the Kiwis are determined to build a winning formula that can bring them glory on the grandest stage of them all. The cricketing world eagerly awaits to witness their campaign unfold.">