New Zealand Cricket announced the A team for the India tour on Thursday.
The A team of seven players with international experience has been selected to tour India for red and white ball matches in September.
The matches, all against India A, will be the first time a New Zealand A team has played abroad since the 2018 tour to the United Arab Emirates to take on Pakistan A.
As well as players with full international experience, the squad also includes five players who have the chance to represent New Zealand A for the first time: Chad Bowes, Matt Fisher, Ben Lister, Robbie O’Donnell and Joe Walker.
Wellington Firebirds pace setter Logan van Beek returns to the NZ A program after spells with the Netherlands, with ICC eligibility rules allowing him to play for both teams simultaneously.
Tom Bruce (Central Districts) and Robbie O’Donnell (Auckland) have been named co-captains for the tour which departs Friday August 26th.
New Zealand A final tour of India in 2017 and this visit will feature a similar structure, with three four-day matches and three one-day matches in Bangalore and Chennai, respectively.
New Zealand coach Gavin Larsen, who will leave with the team as a support staff member, said the tour represents a huge development opportunity for the group of players and managers.
“It’s great to have A-matches on the tour schedule again and even more exciting to see the team playing under foreign conditions,” Larsen said.
“This program and tours like these are essential to developing our teams and giving them the opportunity to test themselves against quality opponents. We have an exciting mix in this group, including players who dominated our last season at home such as Robbie O’Donnell and Tom Bruce, alongside the emerging talents of Matt Fisher and Joe Walker,” he added.
Larsen noted that players such as Mark Chapman, Jacob Duffy and Dane Cleaver had enjoyed success with BLACKCAPS during the recent series in Europe, and said their experience would be invaluable within this group.
“With a mix of red ball and white ball matches, it’s a great opportunity to see the players in a variety of situations against what we know to be a very strong home side. The conditions present a great opportunity for the spin group bowling in particular, ahead of future ICC tours and events in the subcontinent,” Larsen said.
“It’s exciting to welcome Logan to the New Zealand setup. He’s a proven performer on the domestic scene and has impressed during his recent spells in the Netherlands. Filming in India is one of great experiences for any cricketer and I know the players and staff are eager to take on the challenge,” he added.
Central Stags head coach Rob Walter will lead the coaching staff, supported by Canterbury assistant coach Brendon Donkers and NZC high performance coach Paul Wiseman.
All-round bowlers Henry Shipley (Canterbury) and Nathan Smith (Wellington) have been ruled out of competition due to injury.
New Zealand A Squad: Tom Bruce (captain), Robbie O’Donnell (captain), Chad Bowes, Joe Carter, Mark Chapman, Dane Cleaver (wk), Jacob Duffy, Matt Fisher, Cameron Fletcher (wk), Ben Lister, Rachin Ravindra, Michael Rippon, Sean Solia, Logan van Beek and Joe Walker.
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