Wellington, Jul 18: New Zealand's ace spinner Daniel Vettori was named in the preliminary squad for ICC World T20 by New Zealand Cricket, after he had announced his retirement from ODIs and T20s last year after the nation's poor show at the World Cup.
Though there were speculations on his return, as New Zealand Cricket had also thought about including the left-arm spinner in the World Cup squad as they couldn't leave out a star player like Vettori despite the cricketer had announced his retirement.
Having announced his retirement from limited overs last year in order to prolong Test career, Vettori had expressed his desire to play the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka to be played in the month of September.
His inclusion will boost New Zealand's chances as the conditions in Lanka favour spinners. Vettori who has featured in a few T20 leagues like Indian Premier League nad Australia's Big Bash League, was once ranked as No 1 bowler in T20 cricket.
Vettori who has played 28 T20 internationals, has been the country's best spinner till date. With his inclusion in the preliminary squad, he seems to be a certainty to feature in the final XI as well.
National Selection manager of New Zealand Cricket Kim Littlejohn said, "this preliminary squad of 30 represents the best Twenty20 players in New Zealand.
"It's a well-balanced squad with a number of proven performers, giving us plenty of options ahead of final squad selection," he said.
Talking about the squad, he said most of the players have international experience and that would add more value to the team's chances during ICC World T20.
"With the exception of George Worker and Anaru Kitchen, who have both shown promise at domestic level, each member has international experience.
"From this large group we believe we can select a talented Twenty20 squad that will make a strong claim in Sri Lanka."
In other words, New Zealand have recalled the most talented left-arm spinner who had retired from limited overs internationals last year, by including his name in the preliminary squad for T20 World Cup.
New Zealand Twenty20 preliminary squad for the Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka in September and October:
Ross Taylor, Michael Bates, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Broom, Dean Brownlie, Colin de Grandhomme, Andrew Ellis, Daniel Flynn, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Roneel Hira, Anaru Kitchen, Tom Latham, Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum, Peter McGlashan, Andy McKay, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Tarun Nethula, Rob Nicol, Jacob Oram, Tim Southee, Daniel Vettori, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson, Luke Woodcock, George Worker.