T20 World Cup 2024: Gary Stead Breaks His Silence on the Availability of Kane Williamson and Devon Conway for New Zealand - Latest Global News

T20 World Cup 2024: Gary Stead Breaks His Silence on the Availability of Kane Williamson and Devon Conway for New Zealand

New Zealand Head coach Gary Stead appears to be in a difficult situation with his players who will be part of the team ICC T20 World Cup 2024.

The Kiwis are unwilling to play a single warm-up game to prepare for the USA and West Indies challenge, but Gary Stead is fine with that. New Zealand is one of the teams that have never won the T20 World Cup even though they came very close on several occasions.

The Blackcaps, led by Kane Williamson, had a golden chance to win the title in the 2021 edition, but their trans-Tasman rivals Australia denied them. Then, during the 2022 edition, the Kiwis were eliminated in the semi-finals by losing to eventual runners-up Pakistan by 7 wickets at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Gary Stead points out the difficult conditions in the West Indies

Speaking to ESPNcricinfo recently, Gary Stead expressed his hope that the players arrive in good shape to join the national team for the T20 World Cup. The New Zealand head coach was asked about the team’s preparatory camps in the West Indies and how they plan to prepare the players for the challenge.

Gary Stead began by emphasizing that the conditions in the West Indies were not easy for any team from the start. Getting the team together on the island of Trinidad won’t be easy and the lack of warm-up games makes it even more difficult. The 2021 runners-up will play three of their four group games in Trinidad, while Guyana will host their first T20 World Cup game.

So far, the Kiwis are the only team other than Team India that has decided not to take part in a warm-up game. The Indian team wants to play a single warm-up match for the 2024 T20 World Cup, but New Zealand has no plans to do so.

“West Indies are difficult to reach to begin with, so getting everyone to Trinidad and Tobago at the same time is not easy. There are no warm-up games for us.” – said Stead via ESPNcricinfo.

What did Stead say about New Zealand’s preparations?

Gary Stead then revealed that since New Zealand are not playing warm-up games, they are relying on IPL to help their players get into good shape. Players like Matt Henry, Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult, captain Kane Williamson and Lockie Ferguson are all Indian Premier League summer purchases.

Apart from the experience in the IPL, Gary Stead hopes that the players who have played in the CPL can help the team understand the conditions. Steady made it clear that he would rely on these special players and ultimately hoped that training before the opening game against Afghanistan would put them in a good mood.

“There are a number of guys who have been in the IPL for the last two months and we also recently did the tour to Pakistan. There’s a lot of experience in the group having played in the CPL before, so we’ll do it. Rely on these guys and make sure the training we do before the first game gets us into the game To get to where we want to be.” – Gary Stead concluded.

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