Dodd replaces Raval in New Zealand U-19 squad
Central Districts batsman Andrew Dodd has been drafted into New Zealand's squad for the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Malaysia as a replacement for Jeet Raval.
A captain wasn't named when the squad was announced a fortnight ago, but as expected Kane Williamson has been picked for the task. Williamson scored an unbeaten 47 off 56 balls for Northern Districts against the touring Bangladeshis in a rain-affected match in December.
Besides Williamson, there are four other players with first-class experience. The squad includes Corey Anderson, Greg Morgan, Tim Southee and Trent Boult, who along with Williamson, were selected for New Zealand A's three-week winter training camp in Darwin in 2007. Southee has been called up for New Zealand's two Twenty20 internationals against England, and will join the U-19 team later. The side also includes Michael Bracewell, nephew of former Test players John and Brendon Bracewell, and Hamish Rutherford, son of former New Zealand captain Ken.
The New Zealand team leaves for Australia on Saturday for a week-long camp in Queensland before heading to Malaysia, where they are drawn in the same pool as Pakistan, Zimbabwe and the hosts. New Zealand's first fixture is against Zimbabwe on February 18, the second day of the tournament.
Squad Kane Williamson (capt), Corey Anderson, Nick Beard, Harry Boam, Trent Boult, Michael Bracewell, Tamati Clarke, Fraser Colson, Michael Guptill-Bunce, Greg Morgan, Andrew Dodd, Hamish Rutherford, Tim Southee, Anurag Verma, George Worker.