New Zealand’s World Cup squad to be named on April 3
New Zealand are ranked third in ODIs heading into the World Cup. © AFP

New Zealand‘s squad for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup will be announced on April 3 at Tai Tapu School in Lincoln on the outskirts of Christchurch, as part of New Zealand Cricket (NZC) efforts to have a grassroots theme to the big day.

The decision to move out of the board’s headquarters in Auckland was also taken keeping in mind the Christchurch mosque attacks of March 15 in which 49 were killed.

The naming of the squad will come three weeks before the ICC deadline of April 23 to submit World Cup squads.

Present at Tai Tapu School on Wednesday will be Ross Taylor, coach and chief selector Gary Stead, co-selector Gavin Larsen and NZC chief executive David White.

Four years ago, NZC unveiled New Zealand’s World Cup squad at Christchurch’s Hagley Oval.

Brendon McCullum’s Black Caps reached the final of the 2015 World Cup where they lost to Australia.