New Zealand yet to confirm ODI captain, Latham one of the options: Stead

New Zealand yet to confirm ODI captain, Latham one of the options: Stead

New Zealand head coach Gary Stead said the Blackcaps are yet to take any decision on Kane Williamson’s replacement as ODI captain with senior opener Tom Latham in the reckoning. With Williamson stepping down from the role, Latham has emerged as a strong candidate to succeed him. Williamson’s decision to relinquish the captaincy follows his choice to turn down a central contract for the 2024/25 season, although he still aims to continue playing international cricket. Latham, who has frequently stood in as captain, has led New Zealand in 44 ODIs, including during last year’s World Cup when Williamson was sidelined with a broken thumb. His experience and leadership qualities make him a natural contender for the permanent role.

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Coach Gary Stead highlighted the importance of stable leadership heading into future competitions. “We’re not at the stage of confirming it yet, so I don’t want to speculate whether Tom will be or not,” Stead said. “But he’s certainly one guy that will be in discussions around that role. The important thing is whoever is in place, we want in place for two to three years or so, leading to that next [ODI] World Cup. That will be one of the important decision-making factors that we discuss.” Latham himself expressed enthusiasm about the possibility of leading the team. “It would obviously be a real honour,” he said. “For me, it’s always been about trying to put the team first as best as possible, and I’m sure they’ll have those discussions around what they want from a team point of view. Certainly, if I get the opportunity to do that, it would be really special.”

New Zealand’s upcoming schedule includes six ODIs during their home summer, with three matches each against Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Following this, they will participate in a tri-series in Pakistan ahead of the Champions Trophy, making the selection of a new captain a crucial decision in the lead-up to these significant fixtures.

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Saurabh Kumar

Published On:

Jul 17, 2024

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