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India A vs New Zealand A: Colin de Grandhomme included in squad for one day games

Colin de Grandhomme has been included in the New Zealand A squad for the upcoming five one-day matches against India A after Sean Solia was ruled out after suffering an injury during training

cricket Updated: Oct 05, 2017 13:23 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Colin de Grandhomme,Indian Premier League,Kolkata Knight Riders
Colin de Grandhomme picked up 6/41 on his Test debut against Pakistan in 2016 and has since been a regular feature in the New Zealand cricket team. (AFP)

Colin de Grandhomme, who is part of the New Zealand squad for the upcoming three ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals against India, has also been included in the New Zealand A squad for the upcoming five one-day games against India A.

De Grandhomme has been included in place of left-handed batsman Sean Solia, who suffered an injury while training and has been ruled out for two weeks. India A’s one-day games will be played in Vizag and de Grandhomme is expected to be part of all the five games, which will be good warm-up ahead of New Zealand’s ODI series starting on October 22 in Mumbai.

Gavin Larsen, manager of the New Zealand A side and selector, said Solia suffered the injury at a wrong time.

“We’re really disappointed for Sean that he won’t get the opportunity on this occasion to test himself at a higher level,” said Larsen. Sean is an exciting player and we were looking forward to seeing him get the chance to step up. To be ruled out just before the start of the series is very unlucky,” Larsen was quoted in a statement released by New Zealand cricket.

De Grandhomme has good experience in Indian conditions. He played a couple of games for Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2017 Indian Premier League. The right-arm medium pacer, originally from Zimbabwe, had a magnificent start to his international Test career as he picked up 6/41 against Pakistan in Christchurch, the best figures by a New Zealand bowler on debut.

New Zealand are touring India after one year. In their previous tour in 2016, they were whitewashed 3-0 in the Tests and suffered a 3-2 defeat in the ODI series.

First Published: Oct 05, 2017 13:18 IST