IND vs NZ: Mark Chapman Gets Maiden New Zealand Central Contract. New Zealand has awarded batsman Mark Chapman his first central New Zealand Cricket contract. Martin Guptill’s role is effectively filled by the left-hander since he was released from his NZC contract in November.

Before making his international debut in New Zealand in 2018, Chapman, a Hong Kong native, participated in 21 matches for his home country. He has participated in 27 games for the Kiwis since then (22 T20Is and 5 ODIs). Chapman also took part in the previous two T20 World Cups that New Zealand played in.

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New Zealand's Mark Chapman (Photo- Getty)
New Zealand’s Mark Chapman (Photo- Getty)

We Like The Versatility And Innovation Mark Chapman Brings To His Batting: Gary Stead

The New Zealand team’s head coach, Gary Stead, appreciated the action and said:

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“We’re delighted to have Mark join the central contract list after being there or thereabouts for a while. He’s a fine player and we like the versatility and innovation he brings to his batting. He’s a guy with a lot of talent and we see him being a big part of future BLACKCAPS squads.”  

In addition, Mark Chapman has been selected for the next tour of India, which starts on January 18.

Mark Chapman and Martin Guptill
Mark Chapman and Martin Guptill. Credits: BCCI

In order to minimize the burden on the players and support staff, New Zealand Cricket announced that regular captain Kane Williamson and Head Coach Gary Stead will not be traveling to 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 lieu of Kane Williamson when selecting the squads for the forthcoming trips to Pakistan and India.

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Mark Chapman To Replace Kane Williamson For India Tour

Along with Williamson and Stead, other fast bowlers Tim Southee and Shane Jurgensen will come home following the Pakistan ODIs. Kane Williamson and Tim Southee will be replaced on the team for the India tour by Mark Chapman and Jacob Duffy, and Luke Ronchi will take over as head coach in Stead’s absence.

Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson (Image Credits- Twitter)

The ODI team has recalled legspinner Ish Sodhi and batsman Henry Nicholls for both tours. All-rounder Henry Shipley, who has never played for his country, received his first call-up after turning up impressive performances on the local circuit.

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