The BLACKCAPS squad for the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 has been unveiled, featuring a blend of experienced players and newcomers. Captain Kane
The BLACKCAPS squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 has been unveiled, featuring a blend of experienced players and newcomers. Captain Kane Williamson and Tim Southee will join the rarefied ranks of those chosen for four or more World Cups. Six players, including Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, and Daryl Mitchell, will make their World Cup debuts. Tom Latham will continue as vice-captain and wicketkeeper after equalling a catching record in the previous tournament. The coaching team, led by Gary Stead, includes Luke Ronchi as batting coach and Shane Jurgensen as bowling coach, with Jurgensen taking on his final role before becoming head coach for the Wellington Firebirds.
What sets this squad announcement apart is that the players’ family members, acting as their number one fans, introduced their sons, fathers, or husbands in a heartfelt video.
The squad and support staff will converge in India, with their first warm-up match against Pakistan on September 29 in Hyderabad, as they prepare to participate in the World Cup starting on October 5. The team’s composition reflects a careful balance of experience and emerging talent in anticipation of a highly competitive tournament.