New Zealand on Friday announced a 15-strong ‘A’ squad for its upcoming tour of India. Seven players who have played international cricket are part of the squad.
It will be the first time that a New Zealand ‘A’ side will be playing overseas since the 2018 tour to the United Arab Emirates, where it played against Pakistan ‘A’. The India tour will feature three four-day matches and three one-day matches in Bangalore and Chennai. New Zealand ‘A’ last toured India in 2017.
The squad include five players with a chance to make their debut for New Zealand ‘A’ — 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 for the tour. New Zealand ‘A’ will depart for India on August 26.
“It’s great to have ‘A’ fixtures back on the touring calendar and even more exciting to have the team playing in foreign conditions,” New Zealand selector Gavin Larsen said in a statement.
“With a mix of red-ball and white-ball matches it’s a great chance to see the players in a variety of situations against what we know will be a very strong home side. The conditions present a great opportunity for the spin bowling group in particular, ahead of future tours and ICC events in the subcontinent. Touring India is one of the great experiences for any cricketer and I know the players and staff are looking forward to the challenge,” he added.
The group includes players such as Mark Chapman, Jacob Duffy and Dane Cleaver, all of whom have had success with the Blackcaps during the recent white-ball tour of Europe.