November 24, 2022

New Zealand names strong ‘A’ team for India tour in September

It will be the first time a New Zealand ‘A’ team has played overseas since the 2018 tour to the United Arab Emirates.

It will be the first time a New Zealand ‘A’ team has played overseas since the 2018 tour to the United Arab Emirates.

New Zealand on Friday announced a strong ‘A’ squad, featuring seven cricketers with international experience, for their upcoming tour of India with a series of red and white balls in September.

It will be the first time a New Zealand ‘A’ team has played abroad since the 2018 tour to the United Arab Emirates, where they played Pakistan ‘A’.

The Indian tour will consist of three four-day matches and three one-day matches in Bangalore and Chennai. New Zealand A last tour in India in 2017.

As well as players with international experience, the 15-member 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.

Tom Bruce (Central Districts) and O’Donnell (Auckland) have been named co-captains of the tour. New Zealand ‘A’ will depart for India on August 26.

“It’s great to have A-matches on the tour schedule again and even more exciting to see the team playing under foreign conditions,” New Zealand coach Gavin Larsen said in a statement.

“With a mix of red ball and white ball games, 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 bowling group in particular, in anticipation of future tours and ICC events in the subcontinent.

“Shooting in India is one of the best experiences for any cricketer and I know the players and staff are eager to take on the challenge,” he added.

The group includes players such as Mark Chapman, Jacob Duffy and Dane Cleaver, who had success with BLACKCAPS during the recent series in Europe.

New Zealand A team

Tom Bruce (c) (central districts), Robbie O’Donnell (c) (Auckland), Chad Bowes (Canterbury), Joe Carter (northern districts), Mark Chapman (Auckland), Dane Cleaver (wk) (central districts), Jacob Duffy (Otago), Matt Fisher (Northern Districts), Cameron Fletcher (wk) (Canterbury), Ben Lister (Auckland), Rachin Ravindra (Wellington), Michael Rippon (Otago), Sean Solia (Auckland), Logan van Beek (Wellington), Joe Walker (Northern Districts).

New Zealand A vs India A schedule

1st Four Day Match – September 1-4 (Bangalore)

2nd Four Day Match – September 8-11 (Bangalore)

Four-Day Match 3 – September 15-18 (Bangalore)

1st Matchday – September 22 (Chennai)

2nd One Day Match – September 25 (Chennai)

3rd One-Day Match – September 27 (Chennai).