Key information regarding surprise pick Tom Blundell
Blundell got the nod over Tim Seifert as the back-up keeper in the squad.
This is largely due to Seifert battling with a finger injury that has kept him out of the game over the last one month.
Blundell has a modest domestic white-ball record.
He averages 23.81 with three half-centuries in 40 games.
He is considered a real talent behind the stumps.
I'd like to congratulate all the players selected: Stead
"The World Cup is the pinnacle of cricket, and to be the first nation to name a squad for the tournament is really exciting. I'd like to congratulate all the players selected. To represent your country is a huge honor," said coach Stead.
Here's the 15-man New Zealand squad
NZ squad: Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Tom Blundell (wk), Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Colin Munro, Ish Sodhi, Henry Nicholls, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Jimmy Neesham.
Analysis of the New Zealand squad
The New Zealand squad looks strong and can hurt opposition teams.
The pace department, in particular, is loaded with variety. Southee and Trent Boult would lead the show.
Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner provide quality in the spin department.
Jimmy Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme are solid all-rounders.
What New Zealand need will be consistency with the bat to set the base.