Eden Carson, an offspinner, and Izzy Gaze, a wicketkeeper-batter, have been called up to the New Zealand squad for the T20 category at the Commonwealth Games in 2022. The 15-member roster also includes left-arm spinner Fran Jonas, who has played five One-Day Internationals, and middle-order batter Georgia Plimmer, who was the substitute player for Lauren Down at the 50-over World Cup earlier this year. All four players have also received maiden Central contracts for the 2022 season.
Jess McFayden, a wicketkeeper-batter who toured England with the national team last year, is also in the squad. Two wicketkeepers, McFadyen and Gaze, three spinners, Amelia Kerr, Carson, and Jonas, pacers Hannah Rowe, Jess Kerr, Rosemary Mair, and Hayley Jensen, and batters Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine, Maddy Green, Lauren Down, and Brooke Halliday make up the traveling group to Birmingham.
The Commonwealth Games will feature women’s cricket for the first time. In 1998, the men’s team from New Zealand earned bronze in the 50-over competition held in Kuala Lumpur. But now there is no men’s cricket in Commonwealth Games. And it is a very big achievement for Women’s cricket to play in Commonwealth Games.
Australia, Barbados, England, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and South Africa are among the eight nations competing in the T20 competition, which will run from July 29 to August 7. On July 30, New Zealand will face South Africa in their first match of the Birmingham Commonwealth games 2022.
Though West Indies is an integral part of International Cricket, in Commonwealth Games, the team won’t be eligible to represent as they are a group of countries rather than a single country. Barbados, which is a part of the West Indies and is a country itself will participate in Commonwealth Games 2022.
Commonwealth Games 2022: New Zealand squad
Suzie Bates, Eden Carson, Sophie Devine (capt), Lauren Down, Izzy Gaze, Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday, Hayley Jensen, Fran Jonas, Jess Kerr, Amelia Kerr, Rosemary Mair, Jess McFadyen, Georgia Plimmer, Hannah Rowe
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