Martin Guptill’s chances of playing a fourth 50-over World Cup have narrowed, with the opener omitted from New Zealand’s white ball squad to play India.
The 36-year-old batsman was part of the Black Caps’ recent T20 World Cup squad in Australia but did not play a match as selectors opted to open rising star Finn Allen with Devon Conway.
“The rise and success of Finn at the top of the league in white-ball cricket means a man of Martin Guptill’s class is missing out – that’s just the nature of top sport,” said New Zealand coach Gary Stead on Tuesday .
“With the 50-over World Cup less than a year away, we are keen to give Finn every opportunity to gain ODI experience, especially against quality opposition such as India.”
New Zealand will host fellow T20 World Cup semi-finalists India in three T20s starting Friday in Wellington.
The teams will play three ODI matches from November 25.
Pace spearhead Trent Boult has been left off the white ball squad a few months after being released from his national contract.
Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Blair Tickner and Adam Milne fill the ranks of fast bowling.
“When Trent canceled his NZC contract in August, we indicated that priority would be given to those players on central or domestic contracts, and that has been the case here,” said Stead.
Fast bowlers Ben Sears and Kyle Jamieson were ineligible for selection due to back injuries.
New Zealand came second to England at the 50-over World Cup in 2019.
India will host the next one in October/November in 2023.
New Zealand T20I squad: Kane Williamson (c), Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Daryl Mitchell, Adam Milne, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Blair Tickner
New Zealand ODI squad: Kane Williamson (c), Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Adam Milne, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee
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