New Zealand A will begin a six week tour of India and Sri Lanka beginning in late August, with 18 players named to play in the two series.
The team travels to Vizag in India on August 25, where they will play a Three Day Match, a Four Day Match and three One Dayers against India A. They will continue on to Sri Lanka where they will face Sri Lanka A in two Four Day matches and three One Dayers.
Neil Broom, Derek de Boorder and James Neesham will only be available for the two long format matches against India A, before being released to the Otago Volts for the Champions League. Anton Devcich, Andrew Ellis and Scott Kuggeleijn will replace them.
New Zealand A squad:
Corey Anderson (Northern Knights)
Todd Astle (Canterbury Wizards)
Derek de Boorder (Otago Volts)
Doug Bracewell (Central Districts)
Neil Broom (Otago Volts)
Carl Cachopa (Central Districts)
Mark Gillespie (Wellington Firebirds)
Matthew Henry (Canterbury Wizards)
Tom Latham (Canterbury Wizards)
James Neesham (Otago Volts)
Adam Milne (Central Districts)
Daryl Mitchell (Northern Knights)
Colin Munro (Auckland Aces)
Luke Ronchi (Wellington Firebirds)
Ish Sodhi (Northern Knights)
To replace Otago players at end of long format matches against India A:
Anton Devcich (Northern Knights)
Andrew Ellis (Canterbury Wizards)
Scott Kuggeleijn (Northern Knights)
NZC General Manager of National Selection Kim Littlejohn said: “These tours are crucial to the development of players on the fringe of BLACKCAPS selection, both improving depth and creating competition for places.”
“It’s a very strong New Zealand A squad with a lot of experience on the international scene. The likes of Doug Bracewell, Neil Broom and Mark Gillespie have all played at Test level and will benefit from further time facing international teams.
“Players like Daryl Mitchell, Ish Sodhi and Matthew Henry are all exciting prospects for the future, and this offers them an opportunity to continue their development and understand the demands of cricket at a higher level.”
”The experience of playing in sub-continent conditions will be of immense value for all these players and we’re confident they’ll grasp this opportunity with both hands.”