Wellington: Northern Districts allrounder Daryl Mitchell and Central Districts fast bowler Blair Tickner have received maiden call-ups to New Zealand's squad for the three T20Is against India.
While Mitchell has been included for all the three games, Tickner will join the squad for the third T20I, replacing Lockie Ferguson.
Kane Williamson returns to captain New Zealand. Henry Nicholls, who was the stand-in against Sri Lanka recently, has been left out alongside Glenn Phillips and Seth Rance. Trent Boult has again been granted some rest as a part of his workload management and doesn't feature in the squad.
Mitchell plays for Northern Districts and has been impressive this summer in the domestic Twenty20 Super Smash and while playing for New Zealand A. He hit 61 off 23 against Central Districts last week and can be handy with the ball in the death overs.
Doug Bracewell, who was called in as an injury replacement for Jimmy Neesham in the one-off T20I against Sri Lanka, has retained his place after putting in an impressive performance.
New Zealand T20 squad:
Kane Williamson (c)
Colin de Grandhomme
Tim Seifert (wk)
Lockie Ferguson (Games 1 & 2)
Blair Tickner (Game 3)