I'm all for rotation in JAMODIs. But the counter point to your 'since 2016' point is that the white ball team has made 2 finals, semifinals etc. So, maybe if you 'have the generation ' you also need to play them if you want to take advantage of that.The 4-0 scorecard is a fair enough reflection of the two sides, though NZ should have done better defending 336 in Rawalpindi, and definitely made a better fist of chasing 288 in Karachi. B team or not they’ve been just about competitive enough for Pakistan to feel like they’ve earned the victories.
But I think it’s just more vindication of how short sighted NZ’s selection policy for white ball cricket has been since 2016 or so. Guys like Young, Chapman and Blundell have been on the fringes of the national side for at least 5 years now and should have had a lot more games under their belt, we should not still be in the discovery phase when it comes to them.
As for the bowling, the insistence on playing Boult, Southee and Santner in just about every white ball game (regardless of relevance) for the longest time pre-pandemic, has meant that the second line has just not been allowed to develop, we’re seeing the issues with that now. Tough for the likes of Shipley, Lister and Tickner to be starting out their international careers in this fashion.
In that time you mention since 2016: Henry became a white ball specialist meaning he has become the all round bowler he is today with plenty experience, hard to not pick Fergusson.
Personally, my criticism of our selections definitely dont go that far back. Really only about 1 year back for me. Was ok to ride the good times while they lasted but need to react more quickly once we started bombing in the current cycles.
We've had a bubble of a generation, not just the test team but also the white ball specialists.