Anaru Kitchen    Getty Images
Anaru Kitchen Getty Images

The 33-year all-rounder, Anaru Kitchen is included in the T20I squad for New Zealand against West Indies. Ahead of the T20I series Kitchen spoke to media about how special it is for him to play international cricket after performing well on domestic level.

I think I’ve deserved it

“I’ve been doing my job well with Otago, and that’s all I’ve really been focusing on,” he said. “To get the rewards of a call-up is very, very special to me and my family. To play as long as I have and to finally get that reward for all those years of playing domestic cricket is something that I’ve worked towards my whole life. I think I’ve deserved it with all my other responses.”

Kitchen could make his debut on Friday when New Zealand take on West Indies in the first T20I at Saxton Oval, Nelson. Tim Southee will lead New Zealand in the first T20I. It won’e be an easy debut for Kitchen as the West Indians are master of the shortest format of the game. Kieron Pollard will miss the T20I series for personal reason.