The BLACKCAPS will travel to the Caribbean for the first time since 2014 under the leadership of Kane Williamson and a 15-man team.
Trent Boult, Tim Southee, and a bunch of younger players like Finn Allen and Michael Bracewell, who are receiving more opportunities as a result of their recent outstanding play, make up the squad Williamson will captain.
The selectors have attempted to balance a combined team across all formats because of the tight tour itinerary, which calls for six matches over 11 days in Jamaica (three T20Is) and Barbados (three ODIs).
With the ICC T20 World Cup kicking off in Australia this October and qualification points on the line for the ODI World Cup in India next year, the trip is also a crucial component of the current cycle of ICC white ball competitions.
The team was eager to face the West Indies at home, according to BLACKCAPS head coach Gary Stead.
“It’s always exciting to be heading somewhere you’ve not been in a while and I know this group can’t wait for the challenge of taking on the West Indies in the Caribbean.
“Managing workloads is hugely important this year with the team playing some form of cricket every month in 2022 – and this applies to both players and staff.
“For Kane, Trent, Tim, and Devon, this will be the first time they have played white ball cricket for New Zealand since last year’s T20 World Cup and tour to India – so this trip will be important for them.
“We also have players such as Michael and Finn who are relatively new to the international stage but have really put their hands up for selection when given opportunities.
“As a selector, it’s been great to see these guys push their cases.”
New Zealand T20I and ODI Squad:
Kane Williamson (c)
The team will depart for Jamaica in two groups, with some members coming from New Zealand and the others from the Netherlands.