Mark Chapman
Mark Chapman. (Photo: BCCI)

Mark Chapman, a batter, has been given his first central New Zealand Cricket contract by New Zealand. The left-hander effectively fills Martin Guptill’s position after he was let go from his NZC contract in November.

Chapman, who was born in Hong Kong, played in 21 matches for his native nation before making his debut in New Zealand in 2018. Since then, he has played in 27 matches for the Kiwis (22 T20Is and 5 ODIs). Chapman also participated in New Zealand’s participation in the previous two T20 World Cups.

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

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Gary Stead, the head coach of New Zealand, praised the action and stated:

“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.”  

Additionally, Mark Chapman is chosen for the next tour of India, which will begin on January 18. 

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

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New Zealand Cricket has stated that regular skipper Kane Williamson and Head Coach Gary Stead would not be traveling to India in the early part of next year in order to manage the workload of the players and support workers. When choosing the squads for the upcoming travels to Pakistan and India, NZC announced that Tom Latham will replace Kane Williamson as captain of the ODI team in India.

Mark Chapman To Replace Kane Williamson For India Tour

Tim Southee, a seasoned fast bowler, and bowling coach Shane Jurgensen will also return home after the Pakistan ODIs, in addition to Williamson and Stead. Mark Chapman and Jacob Duffy will replace Kane Williamson and Tim Southee on the team for the India tour, while Luke Ronchi will take over as head coach in Stead’s absence.

Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson (Image Credits- Twitter)

For both tours, the ODI squad has recalled batsman Henry Nicholls and legspinner Ish Sodhi. Henry Shipley, an all-rounder who has never represented his country, got his first call-up following strong performances in the domestic circuit.

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