Sunday 16 February 2014 

Ryder Misses Out On ICC World T20

Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson is included in the 15-man squad
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Jesse Ryder has been left out of New Zealand's squad for the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, with the Black Caps picking a squad packed with slow bowlers.

Ryder and fast bowler Doug Bracewell were left out of the squad for the second Test after a late-night drinking session.

Neither player has been included in the 15-man squad to head for Bangladesh, paying the penalty for their indiscretion.

Pitches in Bangladesh - not a happy recent hunting ground for the Black Caps - will take turn and New Zealand have named specialist spinners Roneel Hira and Nathan McCullum in the group.

Kane Williamson and Anton Devcich will also provide spin bowling options.

Top-order batsman Devcich is one of three players in the squad who have not featured for the Black Caps against the West Indies or India in their summer.

Left-arm quick bowler Trent Boult and left-arm spinner Hira are the others while Williamson did not play in the Twenty20 series against the West Indies, but his selected due to his ability to both play and bowl spin.

New Zealand Cricket confirmed that Ryder was not considered following the incident in Auckland while Adam Milne and Matt Henry were unavailable due to abdominal and adductor injuries respectively.

"As we saw when the BLACKCAPS toured Bangladesh in October, the pitches will be slow and likely to turn. Consequently we were looking for batsmen who can play spin well as well as some more spin bowling options," New Zealand Cricket's Bruce Edgar said.

"Anton (Devcich) gives us both top and middle order batting options as well as spin. He performed well on the tour to Bangladesh and the New Zealand A tour to India and Sri Lanka before that.

"And Ronnie (Hira) is an experienced Twenty20 spin bowler. He’s an excellent fieldsman and he had a very good HRV Twenty20 with Canterbury."

New Zealand, who reached the semi-finals of the competition in 2007, will begin their campaign against England on 22nd March.

They then go on to play South Africa (24th March), a qualifier (29th March) and Sri Lanka (31st March).

They will head to Abu Dhabi in early March to play warm-up matches against Worcestershire and once in Bangladesh, they will play warm-up games against Pakistan (17th March) and Australia (19th March).

New Zealand ICC World Twenty20 squad: Brendon McCullum (captain), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Anton Devcich, Martin Guptill, Roneel Hira, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Luke Ronchi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson

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