Mark Chapman has been added to New Zealand’s ODI squad for the five-match series against Pakistan as a result of his outstanding form with the bat. Notably, the New Zealand all-rounder scored a century in the fifth and final Twenty20 International at Rawalpindi, which helped the visiting team defeat Pakistan by six wickets. Overall, the 28-year-old scored 290 runs in five games, earning him the title of Player of the Series.
Gary Stead, the head coach of New Zealand, was particularly impressed with Chapman’s performance in the T20I series. He also commented on the inclusion of the all-rounder in the ODI squad, deeming it “outstanding.”
“Mark’s performance against one of the world’s finest T20 bowling attacks has been nothing short of remarkable. Stead was quoted by nzherald.co.nz as saying, “We’re delighted to have someone in such fine form added to our ODI squad after his match-winning knock in the fifth and deciding match.”
It’s rewarding to see the fruits of one’s labor. Mark Chapman
Chapman revealed that he had already checked out of the hotel and was ready to take a flight after being selected for the ODI series. However, he rechecked in and had to unpack his belongings after hearing the news. The cricketer stated that he is pleased to see that his efforts are finally paying off.
“I was required to check back into my accommodation despite having paid my bill and checked out. When I returned to the hotel, I began unpacking my suitcases, which were essentially already on the ground and ready to go.
“I’m quite appreciative that they’re keeping me on… Over the past couple of years and a few months, I’ve felt as if I’ve been working in the background. Chapman said of his late inclusion in the ODI squad, “I suppose it’s nice to be rewarded for my hard work.”
Notably, Pakistan and New Zealand will commence their five-match ODI series on April 27 at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.