Kane Williamson, NZ Head Coach Gary Stead to miss India ODIs


New Zealand white-ball skipper Kane Williamson will miss the upcoming tour of India alongside head coach Gary Stead.

In Williamson’s absence, Tom Latham will lead the touring party. Meanwhile, senior pacer Tim Southee and bowling coach Shane Jurgensen will also be heading back home after the Pakistan ODIs and the duo will be replaced by Mark Chapman and Jacob Duffy.

On the other hand, Luke Ronchi will take over for Stead as head coach.

Notably, leggie Ish Sodhi and batter Henry Nicholls have been recalled to the ODI squad for both the tours.

Uncapped all-rounder Henry Shipley has earned a maiden call-up to the squad after some fantastic shows in the domestic cricket.

Kyle Jamieson, who last played in June this year, was said to be earning a place in the squad however, he was unavailable for selection as he continues his recovery from a back injury.

“Henry’s an exciting talent who we’ve had our eye on for a while,” selector Gavin Larsen said.

“He’s taken his game to another level in the past 12 months, and we’re delighted to see his progression given how valuable genuine all-rounders are in any cricket team. It’s encouraging to see players putting their hands up in our domestic competitions and their performances being rewarded with selection for the national team,” he added.

During the India tour, all eyes will be on Finn Allen, Glenn Phillips, and Mark Chapman, as they are said to be massively talented but still relatively inexperienced at international ODI level.

“It’s also great to welcome back the familiar faces of Henry Nicholls and Jacob Duffy, who were with the ODI team in Europe in the winter and have been in good form domestically,” Larsen added.

Significantly, the Kiwis will take on Pakistan in a three-match ODI series in early January after the two Tests before touring India for three more ODIs and three T20Is from January 18.

The squad for the T20I series in India is yet to be announced.

News Desk

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