Improving faster than expected, Kane Williamson has been named the New Zealand captain in the squad announced by New Zealand Cricket for the ICC World Cup 2023. The 15-member squad was announced on Monday morning after the Kiwis lost to England in the second ODI. Of the four match series. Williamson, who suffered a torn ACL in IPL 2023, is making a fast recovery after undergoing surgery on his right knee.
Williamson and Tim Southee will be playing their fourth ODI World Cup as they have been included in the 15-man group for the World Cup. Meanwhile, six players of the team will participate in this prestigious tournament for the first time. Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra and Will Young have been included in the ODI World Cup squad for the first time.
Opener Finn Allen and top-order batsman Henry Nicholls missed out on being a part of the Kiwi team. New Zealand head coach Gary Stead admitted that he faced difficult challenges while selecting the team. Announcing the tournament squad is always a special time and I would like to congratulate the 15 players selected today. “It is a huge honor to represent your country at the World Cup,” Stead said.
From Ken and Tim going into their fourth tournament to the players being selected for the first time, it's always a very exciting time. Like any team named for an ICC tournament, there have been some tough calls and there will be some disappointed players.
New Zealand finished as runners-up in the 2019 edition as they failed in a heart-stopping encounter against England. The Kiwis will begin their 2023 campaign with a rematch of that historic final against the defending champions – England. The 2019 finalists will begin the tournament with a game at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on October 5.
Kane Williamson (captain), 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