New Zealand have named veteran all-rounder Daniel Vettori and young fast bowler Adam Milne in their final squad for the World Twenty20, which gets underway in Sri Lanka in September.
The veteran Vettori, who came out of Twenty20 International retirement earlier this year, sustained a groin injury during the recent series against the West Indies, but will be afforded the chance to prove his fitness in the two matches against India early next month.
The 20-year-old Milne hasn't represented his country since 2010, when he proved expensive in the T20I series against Pakistan. Consistency at domestic level for Central Districts, however, has seen him recalled to the international fold.
"Adam Milne has impressed during his time with the winter development squad and his extra pace offers something a little different," said national selection manager Kim Littlejohn. "We are confident he will have an impact in international cricket and will seize this opportunity.
"We are thrilled to have Daniel Vettori back in the fold. 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."
Their was no space in the 15-man party for all-rounder Andrew Ellis, wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Latham and batsmen Daniel Flynn and Dean Brownlie, who were all part of the squad that suffered a two-nil defeat at the hands of the Windies in Florida.
"Andrew Ellis, Tom Latham and Dean Brownlie are the players who were part of the Twenty20 squad in the West Indies tour to have missed out on selection this time. They are all quality cricketers and we are sure they will put a lot of pressure on us to pick them in the future," added Littlejohn.
Included in the preliminary 30-man squad, fast bowlers Neil Wagner, Andy McKay, Trent Boult, leg-spinner Tarun Nethula and the uncapped batsmen George Worker and Anaru Kitchen also failed to make the final cut.
The Kiwis have been pooled with Pakistan and Bangladesh in Group D. The first match of their campaign is against the Tigers in Pallekele on 21 September.
- Martin Guptill
- Rob Nicol
- Brendon McCullum
- Ross Taylor (capt)
- Kane Williamson
- BJ Watling
- James Franklin
- Jacob Oram
- Nathan McCullum
- Daniel Vettori
- Kyle Mills
- Doug Bracewell
- Tim Southee
- Ronnie Hira
- Adam Milne