New Zeland coach Garry Stead on Saturday (February 20) said that the Kiwi contingent could travel with up to 20 players for the upcoming T20 World Cup keeping in mind the effect of the COVID pandemic.
The World Cup is scheduled to be played in India during the month of October-November.
“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 make it easier getting the balance you want throughout and having your people who are next in line ready to go,” Stead said as quoted by stuff.co.nz.
Stead also said that players who may not have played T20 could also be in the squad for the tournament. The coach’s comments come after several series have been cancelled like the England tour of South Africa after several cases of COVID were detected in the team.
The Kiwis are expected to travel to Australia to play in a five-match T20 series starting from February 22.
“Australia is 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,” added Stead.
Australia vs New Zealand
New Zealand Squad:
Kane Williamson (c), Hamish Bennett, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Martin Guptill (fitness test awaited), Kyle Jamieson, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert (wk), Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Finn Allen (stand-by for Guptill).