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NZ vs BAN: Coach Gary Stead Explains Rachin Ravindra Exclusion From New Zealand T20I Squad

Rachin Ravindra will not be featuring for the Black Caps in the 30mtch T20 series against Bangladesh starting on December 27

Edited By : News24 Desk | Updated: Dec 17, 2023 13:54 IST
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With New Zealand playing a multi-format series against Bangladesh starting from December 17, the T20I squad updated by the Kiwis had one surprising absence.

ODI World Cup star Rachin Ravindra has not been included in the Black Caps’ 3-match T20I series against Bangladesh which is scheduled to begin from December 27.

With the IPL Auction 2024 on December 19, Rachin’s absence raised a lot of questions from fans and pundits as to why the Indian origin all-rounder wasn’t included in the team.

However, head coach Gary Stead later said that the youngster will have plenty of chances provided to him in the coming future.

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“With a World Cup in the middle of next year we’re well into our planning in terms of both the tournament and the type of squad we might need in the conditions,” coach Gary Stead said in his statement.

“While we’re advanced in our planning … there is certainly still time for players to come into that mix.” he added.

Kane Williamson will also be making a return to the team after a series of injuries interrupting the 37-year-old. The NZ skipper will be captaining the side in the T20I series as well.

The Kiwis have won the 1st ODI by 44 runs (DLS) against the Bangla Tigers.

The 1st T20I will be played in Napier while the other two matches will be played in Tauranga on December 29 and 31 respectively.

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First published on: Dec 17, 2023 01:54 PM IST

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