Latham has been sidelined by a finger injury sustained during this month’s practice fixture against Australia in Brisbane.
The 27-year-old has been retained in the 15-man squad for the global showpiece in the United Kingdom, regardless, but is in doubt for New Zealand’s first match against the Sri Lankans in Cardiff, Wales – and two preceding warm-up fixtures.
Fellow wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Blundell and Tim Seifert are on standby
“Whether Latham takes his place in those warm-up games we’ll take a day-by-day approach on that, which will be down to the medical guys and coach Gary Stead and support staff when they’re over there,” national selector Gavin Larsen told Trackside Radio.
“They’re both ready; Tim has come off the back of his finger injury, that’s OK, and BJ has been going well. We’ve got the different skill sets covered.”
Former New Zealand Test cricket Peter Fulton, meanwhile, will replace batting coach Craig McMillan after New Zealand’s 2019 Cricket World Cup campaign.
“We’re delighted to have Pete come on board after the World Cup and are confident he will be a good fit for our environment,” added Stead.
“We had a thorough process and utilised our senior players to help assess all the candidates. Pete obviously has a good understanding of batting, but he also demonstrated a clear vision for helping our elite batsmen. He’s shown he has the coaching skills through his work with the New Zealand Under 19s and our winter training squads, while we know from his playing days that he will certainly add to our team culture.”
The 40-year-old Fulton, who played 80 international matches between 2004 and 2014, concluded: “Like many Kiwis, I’ve watched and admired the way the team’s gone about their business in recent years and so it’s pretty special to be invited back into the set-up.
“We’ve obviously got some really talented batsmen in the country and I’m looking forward to working with them to see how they can continue improving their games.”