Neesham and Young are in the New Zealand World Cup squad; Allen, Jamieson, and Milne are out.

Young is expected to start alongside Devon Conway at the World Cup.

Will Young was chosen over Finn Allen in New Zealand’s 15-man roster for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 in India. Pacers Kyle Jamieson and Adam Milne, who both missed the ODI series against England, are also out. Trent Boult and James Neesham have made the cut despite not having a central contract.

Along with all-rounders Daryl Mitchell and Neesham, the speed department includes Boult, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, and Matt Henry. Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner are the team’s specialist spinners. Michael Bracewell, the spin-bowling all-rounder, was unavailable for selection due to a right achilles injury that will keep him out for six to eight months, opening the door for Neesham’s inclusion in the team.

Kane Williamson (captain), Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (vice-captain, wk), Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, and Will Young make up the squad.

“We felt that Youngy was the right guy to go with,” said head coach Gary Stead. “We simply felt that we looked at what the potential gameplan looked like in India, looked at the grounds, and also looked at the form of the two players.”

The squad will be led by Kane Williamson, who is still recovering from an ACL injury and has no set comeback date. Tom Latham, the team’s vice-captain, will take over until Williamson returns.

Williamson and Southee will be making their fourth World Cup appearance. Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Daryl Mitchell, and Glenn Phillips have been named to their first ODI World Cup team, while Rachin Ravindra and Young have been named to their first senior World Cup squad.

“It’s always a special occasion when a tournament team is named, and I’d like to congratulate the 15 players chosen today.” “It’s an honor to represent your country at a World Cup,” Stead added. “From Kane and Tim heading to their fourth tournament to the guys being selected for the first time, it’s always a very exciting time.”

“As with any squad named for an ICC tournament, some difficult decisions were made, and some players will be disappointed.”

“The key for us was finding the right balance for the squad and making sure we had all of our bases covered for what is going to be a very competitive tournament.”

All teams have until September 28 to finalize their 15-player squads, and any replacements made after that date would require ICC clearance.