In order to manage the workload of the players and support personnel, New Zealand Cricket has confirmed that regular skipper Kane Williamson and Head Coach Gary Stead will not be travelling India in the early part of next year. NZC stated that Tom Latham will take over as captain of the ODI team in India in place of Williamson while naming the teams for the forthcoming tours to Pakistan and India.
After the Pakistan ODIs, Tim Southee, a seasoned fast bowler, and bowling coach Shane Jurgensen will also return home in addition to Williamson and Stead. Williamson and Southee will be replaced in the team for the India tour by Mark Chapman and Jacob Duffy, while Luke Ronchi will take over as head coach in Stead's absence.
Ish Sodhi, a legspinner, and Henry Nicholls, a batter, have been summoned back to the ODI team for both tours. All-rounder Henry Shipley, who has never played for his country, received his first call-up after making an impression on the domestic circuit. As he continues to rehabilitate from a back injury, Kyle Jamieson, who last played in June of this year, is still not eligible for selection.
Henry is a promising talent that we have been keeping an eye on, according to selector Gavin Larsen. "He has improved significantly over the past 12 months, and we are excited to see him continue to grow given how important true all-rounders are to any cricket squad. The fact that players are putting themselves forward in our domestic events and that their efforts are being recognized by selection to the national squad is promising.
"Additionally, the tour will give players like Finn Allen, Glenn Phillips, and Mark Chapman—who are incredibly talented but yet relatively inexperienced at the international ODI level—new opportunities. The return of Henry Nicholls and Jacob Duffy, who traveled with the ODI team to Europe in the winter and have been doing well at home, is also wonderful."
After the two Test matches, New Zealand will play Pakistan in a three-match ODI series before traveling India for three additional ODIs and three T20Is beginning January 18. Later, the team for the T20I series in India will be revealed.
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Test match between India and Australia will start on February 9 in Nagpur