Henry Nicholls to captain NZ A for India tour

The team will play two four-day matches and five one-dayers in the tour that begins later this month.

Henry Nicholls has played 14 Tests for New Zealand.   -  AFP

Henry Nicholls has been chosen to lead New Zealand A on its tour of India later this month. The team will play two four-day matches and five one-dayers against India A.

The squads selected for the two formats have only one change - Jeet Raval is replaced by Glenn Philips for the one-dayers. From the 16 players to play against India, 13 have represented New Zealand with seven currently centrally contracted to NZC.

The New Zealand A programme is critical to preparing players for international cricket, selector and manager for the tour Gavin Larsen has said. “Going into a significantly different environment to that of the New Zealand domestic scene is a huge opportunity to promote player growth,” Larsen was quoted as saying by blackcaps.co.nz.

“Preparing for international cricket is challenging, so this is a great chance for these players to improve their game in sub-continent conditions.”

Former fast bowler Shane Bond will serve as the head coach of the side. The team departs for India on September 19.

Squad
  • Henry Nicholls (c), Todd Astle, Tom Blundell, Tom Bruce, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Scott Kuggeleijn, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips, Seth Rance, Jeet Raval, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Sean Solia, George Worker, Will Young.

Schedule
  • Four Day match: 23-26 September, Vijayawada
  • Four Day match: 30 September-3 October, Vijayawada
  • One Day match: 6 October, Visakhapatnam
  • One Day match: 8 October, Visakhapatnam
  • One Day match: 10 October, Visakhapatnam
  • One Day match: 13 October, Visakhapatnam
  • One Day match: 15 October, Visakhapatnam.