Shashank Kishore is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo
Tom Bruce, the hard-hitting New Zealand and Central Districts batter, and Robbie O'Donnell, the batter from Auckland, have been named co-captains for the month-long tour. Rob Walter, head coach of the Central Stags, will lead the coaching group and will be supported by Brendon Donkers, Canterbury's assistant coach, and Paul Wiseman, the NZC High Performance coach.
As reported by ESPNcricinfo, the tour consists of three first-class games and as many one-day matches. The red-ball games will all be played in Bengaluru between September 1-18. The white-ball fixtures will be held in Chennai between September 22-27. There is no pink-ball fixture penciled in for the moment. The New Zealand A squad will depart for India on August 26.
"It's great to have A fixtures back on the touring calendar and even more exciting to have the team playing in foreign conditions," chief selector Gavin Larsen said. "This programme and tours like these are vital in developing our people and giving them opportunities to test themselves against quality opposition.
"We have an exciting mix in this group, including players who dominated our last home season such as Robbie O'Donnell and Tom Bruce, alongside emerging talents in Matt Fisher and Joe Walker."
The squad also consists of young, capped players such as Mark Chapman, Jacob Duffy and Dane Cleaver, all of whom enjoyed successful outings during New Zealand's European tour this summer.
Larsen hoped exposure to the subcontinent conditions would give players a taste of what to expect over the next year or so, especially with the 50-over World Cup to be played in India in November 2023.
"With a mix of red ball and white ball matches it's a great chance to see the players in a variety of situations against what we know will be a very strong home side," Larsen said. "The conditions present a great opportunity for the spin bowling group in particular, ahead of future tours and ICC events in the subcontinent.
"It's exciting to welcome Logan back into the NZ A set-up. He's a proven performer on the domestic scene and has impressed in his recent stints playing for the Netherlands. Touring India is one of the great experiences for any cricketer and I know the players and staff are looking forward to the challenge."
New Zealand A squad: Tom Bruce (capt), Robbie O'Donnell (capt), Chad Bowes, Joe Carter, Mark Chapman, Dane Cleaver (wk), Jacob Duffy, Matt Fisher, Cameron Fletcher (wk), Ben Lister, Rachin Ravindra, Michael Rippon, Sean Solia, Logan van Beek, Joe Walker