Initial Blackcaps squad naming for World Cup is not surprising

The Blackcaps have named their 30-man Cricket World Cup squad with no real surprises to talk about.


As expected, batsmen Jesse Ryder was not named in the squad and is now no chance to represent the Blackcaps during next years Cricket World Cup which begins in February.

Apart from this, the squad is fairly straightforward with no real surprises but some interesting names left out of the running as well.

Potentially the most interesting decision by the Blackcaps selectors is the inclusion of spinner Roneel Hira instead of Mitchell Santner. Both players can bat and bowl well, and are both capable of opening the batting and bowling well in tight situations.

The general opinion of many was that Santner would be in with a big chance to be named in the squad, though not to be as it turned out.

Players like Mitchell Santner and Michael Pollard are unlucky to not be selected, while the inclusion of Neil Broom, Hamish Rutherford, and Colin De Grandhomme are slightly surprising as other batsmen around the country were seriously pushing their stakes for selection.

Older experience is the way the Blackcaps have gone for the World Cup, with old faithful James Franklin also included.

Reaction to the squad has been mixed.

The usual conversation surrounding Jesse Ryder is still going on but also more interestingly, some people are saying that perhaps some more young emerging talent should have been named in the squad.

The full 30-man Blackcaps squad for the Cricket World Cup is:

Corey Anderson (Northern Knights)
Hamish Bennett (Canterbury)
Trent Boult (Northern Knights)
Doug Bracewell (Central Stags)
Neil Broom (Canterbury)
Dean Brownlie (Northern Knights)
Colin de Grandhomme (Auckland Aces)
Anton Devcich (Northern Knights)
Grant Elliot (Wellington Firebirds)
Andrew Ellis (Canterbury)
James Franklin (Wellington Firebirds)
Martin Guptill (Auckland Aces)
Matt Henry (Canterbury)
Roneel Hira (Canterbury)
Tom Latham (Canterbury)
Mitchell McClenaghan (Auckland Aces)
Brendon McCullum (Otago Volts)
Nathan McCullum (Otago Volts)
Kyle Mills (Auckland Aces)
Adam Milne (Central Stags)
Colin Munro (Auckland Aces)
James Neesham (Otago Volts)
Rob Nicol (Auckland Aces)
Luke Ronchi (Wellington Firebirds)
Hamish Rutherford (Otago Volts)
Tim Southee (Northern Knights)
Ross Taylor (Central Stags)
Daniel Vettori (Northern Knights)
BJ Watling (Northern Knights)
Kane Williamson (Northern Knights)

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