Middle order batsman Roston Chase has been appointed West Indies vice-captain for the tour of New Zealand, according to the Daily Nation newspaper in Barbados. The newspaper reported that Chase had replaced compatriot and opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite in the position for the test series against the Black Caps.
Chase said when he got the call from head coach Phil Simmons, he was informed by Simmons that he had a chat with the selectors and the board, and they agreed that he was the player for the vice captaincy role for the tour.
The 28 year old batsman and part time off-spinner who has captained the West Indies "A" in a one day series before, has played 35 test matches for the Windies over the last 4 years, scoring 1852 runs at an average of 30.86 and taking 69 wickets at 41.15 runs apiece.
The newspaper also reported that left-hander Nicholas Pooran will continue to be the deputy to compatriot Kieron Pollard for the Twenty20 international squad, a role to which he was elevated on the tour to Sri Lanka in March this year.
The Windies will play three T20is and two test matches on the tour, which also includes matches against New Zealand "A" for the test team reserves.
The Caribbean side has not won a test series, let alone a test, in New Zealand, since Courtney Walsh's side brushed aside Ken Rutherford's men 25 years ago at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.