New Zealand have named a young squad for their upcoming tour of Bangladesh in October, with uncapped pace bowler Hamish Bennett taking his place in a senior squad for the first time.
New Zealand will play two warm-up matches prior to five One-Day Internationals against Bangladesh from 5th to 17th October in Mirpur.
Daniel Vettori and Brendon McCullum return to the squad having been allowed to rest from New Zealand's tri-series in Sri Lanka with Martin Guptill moving from the senior squad to the A squad which will tour Zimbabwe.
All-rounder Scott Styris is unavailable for the tour after suffering a partial stress fracture to his lumbar spine but Jesse Ryder is set to make his return from injury after almost a year out of the international game.
The A squad is captained by all-rounder James Franklin and includes a mix of young and experienced players.
“(Hamish) Bennett has been included in the squad on the back of a solid NZA tour and multiple successful domestic seasons. He is an exciting fast bowler and we are sure he will make the most of this opportunity,” selector Mark Greatbatch told New Zealand Cricket's website (www.blackcaps.co.nz).
“We are keen for Martin Guptill to regain the form that made him such a force for the BLACKCAPS last year and think that the four-day matches in Zimbabwe will give him the best opportunity to do that.
“Three spinners have been included in the NZ A team. Young Nick Beard and Bhupinder Singh will benefit from playing along side Jeetan Patel. They deserve their opportunity having both impressed on recent training camps.
"As we develop depth for the coming 12 months and narrow our focus on the ICC Cricket World Cup next February it is important that we give players the opportunity to stake their claims for future selection.
"These tours offer the perfect opportunity for that to happen," he added.
New Zealand ODI squad: Daniel Vettori (captain), Hamish Bennett, Grant Elliott, Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum, Andy McKay, Kyle Mills, Jesse Ryder, Aaron Redmond, Tim Southee, Shanan Stewart, Ross Taylor, Daryl Tuffey, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson
New Zealand A squad: James Franklin (captain), Graeme Aldridge, Brent Arnel, Nick Beard, Dean Brownlie, Daniel Flynn, Martin Guptill, Gareth Hopkins, Jamie How, Peter Ingram, Tim McIntosh, Chris Martin, Jeetan Patel, Bhupinder SIngh, Reece Young
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