Uncapped players Ish Sodhi and Corey Anderson added to the Test squad for series in October
New Zealand named two uncapped players on Friday (September 6) in its 15-man Test squad for its upcoming tour of Bangladesh but will miss Daniel Vettori and Martin Guptill, both of whom are injured.
The selectors turned to the spinner Ish Sodhi and all-rounder Corey Anderson for the two-Test series after the pair showed they could handle subcontinental conditions on New Zealand A's current tour of India.
“Essentially this squad builds on the team that toured England in May. The key was to take a consistent approach to selection and provide continuity for the players,” said the new General Manager National Selection Bruce Edgar.
The coach Mike Hesson said their inclusion, along with that of specialist spinner Bruce Martin gave New Zealand plenty of options for the Tests in Chittagong and Dhaka.
"The Bangladesh tour is a good opportunity to introduce a promising spinner, and having two specialist spinners in the squad gives us the option to utilise wickets that are likely to turn," he said.
Sodhi, 20, had come through New Zealand Cricket’s age group programme and showed promise at last year’s ICC Under-19 World Cup.
Anderson made his international debut in the Twenty20 International series in South Africa last year and made an impressive One-Day International debut in the recent Champions Trophy in the UK. Recently, the 22-year-old scored a century for New Zealand A against India A in a four-day game at Visakhapatnam.
Opening batsman Guptill was ruled out with an ankle injury, while Vettori will miss the entire season after undergoing an operation on a recurring Achilles tendon problem that threatens to end his 16-year international career.
Tim Southee was also left out after an ankle surgery in July but could join the squad in Bangladesh if he recovers quickly enough.
New Zealand will play two Tests against Bangladesh in Chittagong from October 9-13 and Dhaka from October 21-25. After that it will name a squad to play three ODIs and a possible T20I, which is still awaiting approval from the International Cricket Council.
Test squad: Brendon McCullum (capt), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Dean Brownlie, Peter Fulton, Mark Gillespie, Tom Latham, Bruce Martin, Hamish Rutherford, Ish Sodhi, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson.