New Zealand will host the next WBSC Men's Softball World Cup ©WBSC

New Zealand has named its preliminary roster for the 2022 Men's Softball World Cup, which the country is due to host in Auckland.

Thirty-five players have been selected and will attend a training camp at Auckland's College Rifles in January.

The team nicknamed the Black Sox will be hoping for a return to form in 2022 after a disappointing showing at the 2019 Men's Softball World Championship - as it was then known - in the Czech Republic.

They were only able to finish fourth, meaning they missed out on the podium for the first time in 39 years.

New Zealand have won the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) tournament seven times, more than any other nation.

Their last win came in 2017 in Whitehorse in Canada.

The 35-man squad will attend a training camp in January ©WBSC
The 35-man squad will attend a training camp in January ©WBSC

"The camp will focus on establishing a strong understanding of the year ahead, and what players need to be working on," said team manager Casey Eden.

"We will have fitness, mental skills and nutritional support on hand. 

"No games at this stage but we hope to have a trial weekend late March/early April."

New Zealand are currently ranked third in the WBSC men's softball rankings, with Japan leading the way and reigning world champions Argentina second.

The country has hosted the flagship event four times, last doing so in Auckland in 2013 where they lifted the title.