New Zealand could travel to T20 World Cup with a squad of 20 players

Source : IANS 2021-02-20 15:28:35

New Zealand could travel to the T20 World Cup this year in India with a squad of 20 players including some who are yet to debut, coach Gary Stead has said.

New Zealand, like most other teams, generally travel with a squad of 15 players.

"The way Covid is at the moment and the way the world is changing so quickly, I'd probably expect there could be up to 20 people in the squad," Stead was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz.

"In some ways, that makes it easier getting the balance you want throughout and having your people who are next in line ready to go.

"I think it's realistic to expect that there could be guys selected to go to the World Cup later in the year, who may not have played for New Zealand [in T20s]."

New Zealand begin a five T20 international series against Australia from Monday, February 22.

Their recent form in T20 internationals has been unimpressive - losing 5-0 at home to India just prior to Covid-19 and 3-2 to England before that.