NZC names A team for India, Australia tour

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Christchurch, Aug 26 (UNI) With an eye on the future, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has named its A team which will tour Australia and India over the next two months.

The team's selection was delayed while the future of Pakistan's Champions Trophy was in doubt over security fears. It has now been postponed until next year.

New Zealand coach John Bracewell said the team has been named keeping in mind the future prospects and added that some of the players have great potential to make it to the national side.

''We have taken the opportunity to assemble a team of emerging talent and players who will benefit from the experience of touring and playing in Australia and India.

''The tour is helping to build the experience of these players and is part of a programme to build greater depth at the international level,'' Bracewell said.

On friday, the team will leave for Brisbane where they will play warm up matches against the Queensland Bulls before heading to India next week for a one-day tri-series against India A and Australia A.

The New Zealanders will then stay on for two first class matches against India A.

Jeetan Patel and Mark Gillespie have been included for the one-day matches while Iain O'Brien will join the team for the first class games.

New Zealand A Team: Brent Arnel, Neil Broom, Grant Elliott, Peter Fulton, Mark Gillespie, Iain O'Brien, Martin Guptill, Greg Hay, Nathan McCullum, James Marshall, Michael Mason, Jeetan Patel, Trent Boult, Aaron Redmond, Bradley Scott, Reece Young, BJ Watling.

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