South African Dean Foxcroft has been included in New Zealand’s squad for the three-match ODI series against Bangladesh, which starts on Thursday.
Foxcroft attended Die Hoërskool Menlopark in Pretoria and played for the Northerns U15 team. He went on to represent South Africa at the U19 World Cup in 2016 before relocating to New Zealand.
Foxcroft first played provincial cricket there for Central Districts, before joining Otago.
A right-handed batsman and off-break bowler, the 25-year-old made his New Zealand debut in August, in a T20I against the UAE. He scored a run-a-ball 10 after coming in at No 5 but did not bowl.
New Zealand included only five members of their World Cup squad for the series at Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
Captain Kane Williamson is rested, with Lockie Ferguson to lead the team.
Tim Southee – who is to have a thumb operation – and Tom Latham are the highest-profile other Kiwi absentees.
But pace bowler Trent Boult, all-rounder Rachin Ravindra, spinner Ish Sodhi, and batsman Will Young are included.
Bangladesh have yet to name their World Cup squad but rested regular captain Shakib Al Hasan along with all-rounder Mehidy Hasan Miraz, batsman Mushfiqur Rahim, and pace trio Taskin Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud and Shoriful Islam.
Bangladesh squad: Liton Das (c), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Anamul Haque, Towhid Hridoy, Mahmudullah Riyad, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Tanzim Hasan Sakib, Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Zakir Hasan, Rishad Hossain, Khaled Ahmed.
New Zealand squad: Lockie Ferguson (c), Finn Allen, Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Chad Bowes, Dane Cleaver, Dean Foxcroft, Kyle Jamieson, Cole McConchie, Adam Milne, Henry Nicholls, Rachin Ravindra, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Will Young.