ICC World Cup 2019: New Zealand Squad, Fixtures, Timing And Venue

              ICC World Cup 2019 New Zealand Squad, Fixtures, Timing, Venue: New Zealand on Wednesday announces its 15-man squad for this year’s ICC World Cup 2019, with rookie Tom Blundell’s inclusion as back-up wicketkeeper which in other words you can say was the only real surprise.

The Black Caps who gave the great competition to Australia in the previous 2015 World Cup edition but couldn’t manage to win the tournament and Australia won by 7 wickets. Though they lost the previous season but this was the first time that they even made to runner-up and that’s why there is a huge expectation with the Black Caps as their performances are improving day by day. New Zealand is currently third in the one-day rankings, behind England and India.

Coach Gary Stead said the Kane Williamson-led side had frequently shined at the top level and he was self-assured the steadiness would sparkle through at the competition in England and Wales.

He said, “We’ve got a squad here of 15 players that we think can give us a really, really good chance of going far into the tournament.” He further added, “If we play close to our potential, then hopefully we can do New Zealand proud.”

Wellington keeper Blundell was selected after Tim Siefert, the consistent back-up to first-choice gloveman Tom Latham who broke his finger last month in a national match. While on the other hand, Blundell, who has two Test caps, will probably make his one-day international debut at the competition, his role is going to be on the edge if Latham stays fit.

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Mitchell Santner is going to be the New Zealanders’ primary spinner, with Ish Sodhi edging Todd Astle to claim the following slow bowling spot.

Coach Gary Stead said, “(Selecting) the spinners were very tough, and both had signs at times that they should’ve been the one that was selected… but at the end of the day that’s my call to make.”

The most awaited ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be held from next month. This year world cup tournament is going to be the 12th edition, commencing from 30th May 2019 to 14th July 2019. England and Wales are going to be the host country for 2019 Cricket World Cup.

New Zealand 2019 World Cup Squad:

Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Tom Blundell (wk), Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Colin Munro, Ish Sodhi, Henry Nicholls, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Jimmy Neesham

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: New Zealand Full Schedule

1 June 2019

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka in Cardiff

Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

3:00 PM IST

5 June 2019

Bangladesh vs New Zealand in London

Kennington Oval, London

6:00 PM IST

8 June 2019

Afghanistan vs New Zealand in Taunton

The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton

6:00 PM IST

13 June 2019

India vs New Zealand in Nottingham

Trent Bridge, Nottingham

3:00 PM IST

19 June 2019

New Zealand vs South Africa in Birmingham

Edgbaston, Birmingham

3:00 PM IST

22 June 2019

Windies vs New Zealand in Manchester

Old Trafford, Manchester

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6:00 PM IST

26 June 2019

New Zealand vs Pakistan in Birmingham

Edgbaston, Birmingham

3:00 PM IST

29 June 2019

New Zealand vs Australia in London

Lord’s, London

6:00 PM IST

3 July 2019

England vs New Zealand in Chester-le-Street

Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street

3:00 PM IST

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