As expected, New Zealand have named former captain Daniel Vettori in their final 15-man squad for the World Twenty20, which begins next month. A more surprising inclusion is that of left-arm seamer Adam Milne, who hasn’t played for his country since December 2010.
National selection manager, Kim Littlejohn, said of Milne’s inclusion, “[He] has impressed during his time with the winter development squad and his extra pace offers something a little different. We are confident he will have an impact in international cricket and will seize this opportunity.
Vettori last played a Twenty20 International in May 2010, but had stated his desire to return to a format from which he had retired in June this year. James Franklin also returns to the fold after missing the last two T20 matches that New Zealand played in order to play domestic Twenty20 cricket for English county side Essex.
"We are thrilled to have Daniel Vettori back in the fold,” added Littlejohn. “He brings a huge amount of experience and knowledge of conditions in the sub-continent. The squad also welcomes back James Franklin, who has been playing for Twenty20 cricket for Essex in the county competition."
Before the World Twenty20, New Zealand will play two Twenty20 Internationals in India on 8th and 11th September.
New Zealand squad: Ross Taylor (captain), Doug Bracewell, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Ronnie Hira, Brendon McCullum (wicket-keeper), Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Rob Nicol, Jacob Oram, Tim Southee, Daniel Vettori, BJ Watling (wicket-keeper), Kane Williamson.
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