On Monday, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) gave left-handed hitter Mark Chapman his first central contract with the national team. The southpaw will fill the void left by the departure of veteran opener Martin Guptill in November.
Since his debut in 2018, Chapman has appeared in 22 T20Is and five ODIs for New Zealand, scoring 381 runs in T20Is and 111 runs in ODIs. He has also competed with the New Zealand national squad in the last two ICC Men’s T20 World Cup tournaments.
He had previously appeared in 21 games for Hong Kong. His domestic team, Auckland, has seen him participate in 128 games. In the New Zealand cricket circuit, Chapman is widely regarded as both a left-handed batter of power and originality and a left-arm orthodox spin bowler.
Although Mark has been on the cusp of getting added to the central contract list, we are very excited to have him officially included finally. We think he’s a great player because of the variety and creativity he offers to the batting lineup. According to head coach Gary Stead, “He’s a guy with a lot of talent, and we envision him being a significant part of future BLACKCAPS squads.”
Chapman to be part of India touring team
New Zealand announced on Sunday that Chapman will be joining the team for their next tour of India, which will run from January 18 through February 1 and comprise three One-Day Internationals and as many Twenty20 Internationals.
Guptill lost his spot in the ODI and T20I teams earlier in November, which led to his departure from his contract with New Zealand Cricket Central. Even though he made the trip to Australia with the rest of the Men’s T20 World Cup squad, he didn’t play a single game since the team opted to start young Finn Allen and Devon Conway at bat.
The team’s semi-final exit meant Guptill wouldn’t even get to play in the white-ball series against India. His next stop was the Big Bash League, where he plays for the Melbourne Renegades (BBL).
Guptill joins fellow Blackcaps fellow Trent Boult (left-arm pacer), who was selected by Melbourne Stars in the BBL’s maiden overseas player draught in August, and Colin de Grandhomme (pace all-rounder), who retired from international cricket to play for the Adelaide Strikers.