Williamson replaces Ryder in New Zealand’s World T20 squad

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“Character is really important as part of our selection process”

New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson has replaced flamboyant opener Jesse Ryder in the country’s 15-man squad for the World Twenty20, which gets underway in Bangladesh next month.

Ryder was dropped after being fined an undisclosed amount for drinking at a bar in Auckland on the eve of the first Test against India.

Opening batsman Anton Devcich, left-arm pace bowler Trent Boult and spinner Roneel Hira have all been drafted into the side after having a successful summer.

“We’ve had to exclude him [Ryder] from the tour,” Bruce Edgar, the general manager of national selection, said. “Character is really important as part of our selection process.

“As we saw when we toured Bangladesh in October, the pitches will be slow and likely to turn. Consequently we were looking for batsmen who can play spin well as well as some more spin bowling options.

“Anton gives us both top- and middle-order batting options as well as spin. He performed well on the tour to Bangladesh and the New Zealand A tour to India and Sri Lanka before that. And Ronnie is an experienced Twenty20 spin bowler. He’s an excellent fieldsman, and he had a very good HRV Twenty20 with Canterbury.”

New Zealand World T20 squad Brendon McCullum (capt.), Corey Anderson, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi (wk), Kane Williamson, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Anton Devcich, Trent Boult, Roneel Hira

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