Firebirds’ Trio Leap In To National Squads

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Selectors Gavin Larsen and Mike Hesson – in his last assignment for NZC before stepping down from his BLACKCAPS head coach role at the end of this month, today announced the Test, ODI, T20 and NZ A squads for the UAE tour, which will start in mid-October.

As well as being selected for the full NZ A tour, Wellington Firebirds’ wicketkeeper, Tom Blundell has been included as a second wicket-keeper alongside BJ Watling in the Test squad.

Blundell will be joined in the NZ A squad by Wellington Firebirds’ Player of the Year, Logan van Beek and one of the rising stars of NZ cricket, Rachin Ravindra.

With two players to be added to the BLACKCAPS’ white ball squads later – either from the T20 or the NZ A sections of the tour – the Firebirds’ trio will be pushing hard for some limited overs internationals.

 

Larsen said with NZC placing a bigger emphasis on the “A” programme, it was an exciting time for the country’s emerging players, and an excellent opportunity to develop and expand their capabilities.

“This is a great opportunity for us to spread the net a little wider and evaluate and monitor the next crop of potential BLACKCAPS coming through the system,” he said.

“Given India A will also be visiting New Zealand over the summer, there is a lot to play for.”

 

Central Stags left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel is in line to make his BLACKCAPS’ debut after being named in the Test squad to play Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

The 29-year-old, named last season’s Domestic Player of the Year after helping the Stags to the Plunket Shield title, has been called into the squad as a replacement for Mitchell Santner, who is still recovering from knee surgery.

 

The NZ A squad will leave for the UAE on October 6, followed by the bulk of the three BLACKCAPS’ squad members on October 16.

 


 

BLACKCAPS T20 Squad

Kane Williamson (c)
Mark Chapman
Colin de Grandhomme
Lockie Ferguson
Martin Guptill
Adam Milne
Colin Munro
Seth Rance
Tim Seifert
Ish Sodhi
Tim Southee
Ross Taylor
Two to be added from NZ A

 

BLACKCAPS ODI Squad

Kane Williamson (c)
Todd Astle
Trent Boult
Colin de Grandhomme
Martin Guptill
Matt Henry
Tom Latham
Colin Munro
Henry Nicholls
Ish Sodhi
Tim Southee
Ross Taylor
BJ Watling
Two to be added from NZA/BC T20 Squads

 

BLACKCAPS Test Squad

Kane Williamson (c)
Todd Astle
Tom Blundell
Trent Boult
Colin de Grandhomme
Matt Henry
Tom Latham
Henry Nicholls
Ajaz Patel
Jeet Raval
Ish Sodhi
Tim Southee
Ross Taylor
Neil Wagner
BJ Watling

 

NZ A Squad

Corey Anderson
Todd Astle (T20s, One-Day, and first FC match)
Tom Blundell
Tom Bruce
Mark Chapman (T20 only)
Lockie Ferguson (T20 only)
Kyle Jamieson
Scott Kuggeleijn
Ajaz Patel
Glenn Phillips (T20 and One-Day)
Jeet Raval (FC matches)
Rachin Ravindra
Tim Seifert (T20 and second FC match)
Blair Tickner
Logan van Beek (One-Day and FC matches)
George Worker
Will Young
Neil Wagner (Second FC match)
BJ Watling (One-Day and first FC match)

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