Ish Sodhi, Tom Blundell make the cut as Black Caps squad named for Cricket World Cup

The Black Caps have announced their 15 man squad for the Cricket World Cup starting in England next month. 

Source: 1 NEWS

After a mixed summer of ODI results, coach Gary Stead and captain Kane Williamson have put their heads together alongside selectors to finalise the squad.

"The key for us was finding the right balance for the squad and making sure we had our bases covered for what is going to be a very competitive World Cup," Stead said.

“As a one-day unit we’ve been pretty consistent over the past few years and possess a very experienced group of core players, proven at the top level."

The Black Caps played 14 ODIs over the summer, taking a series draw against Pakistan, a series win against Sri Lanka and a series loss against India.

As reported by 1 NEWS yesterday, Ish Sodhi has been named as the second spinner to partner Michell Santner ahead of Todd Astle.

It's understood Williamson asserted his influence on the World Cup squad, insisting Sodhi be taken instead of Astle due to his experience in English conditions with County side Nottinghamshire.

Wellington's Tom Blundell has also made the cut as the back up wicketkeeper.

The move could be seen as a risk for Blundell in particular, having not played a single One Day International, and boasting a modest record in List A cricket, averaging 24 at a strike rate of just over 79.

Blundell's glovework though, put him ahead of Seifert, who is battling an injury picked up in the final round of the Plunket Shield.

Elsewhere, Colin Munro has made the cut, despite being axed from the Black Caps' ODI side towards the end of the current season, and will join the squad as batting cover.

The team will now prepare with three training camps throughout April for their World Cup warm-up matches - their first being against India at The Oval in London on May 25.

They'll then play the West Indies in Bristol three days later before they begin their World Cup campaign against Sri Lanka on June 1.

The Black Caps will play all nine other teams at the tournament in a round robin before the top four teams progress to the knockout stage.

New Zealand lost to Australia in the 2015 final, their highest placing at the tournament. 

Black Caps World Cup Squad

Kane Williamson (c), Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Tom Blundell, Ish Sodhi, Colin Munro.