South Africa-born Devon Conway free to represent New Zealand says ICC

back icon
safari
31 Mar 2020 | 07:45 AM
authorPTI

South Africa-born Devon Conway free to represent New Zealand says ICC

Conway will be available for selection from August 28, the ICC has confirmed

heart

Share

South African batsman Devon Conway might make his debut for New Zealand either against India A or Bangladesh if he is picked for one of the upcoming tours after the ICC declared him eligible to play for his adopted country.

The 28-year-old, who left had Johannesburg in September 2017 to make a career in New Zealand, was granted an "exceptional circumstance dispensation" by ICC, allowing him to play before his August 28 eligibility deadline.

"The South African-born Conway has also been granted an Exceptional Circumstance dispensation by the ICC which means, should he be selected for the NZ A tour of India (starting August 15) or the BLACKCAPS tour of Bangladesh (starting August 12), he will be allowed to play in tour matches ahead of the August 28 deadline," ICC said in a statement.

The left-handed batsman has been simply sensational, topping the run-getters list in all three domestic competitions in the 2019-20 season -- the first-class Plunket Shield, the List A Ford Trophy, and the T20 Super Smash.

"It's really awesome to have that solid date, 28th of August, as a reminder to say that you're pretty close. In saying that, it doesn't guarantee selection. So I am pretty pretty happy to hear about that," Conway was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo on Tuesday (31st March).

"But you've just got to keep working hard and hopefully get an opportunity to break into that Black Caps team, which is pretty awesome at the moment - you've got world-class players there, and it won't be easy to get into that team."

Conway, who has amassed 1598 runs for Wellington Firebirds at an average of 72.63, with four hundreds including an unbeaten 327 against Canterbury last October, might join the likes of Grant Elliott and Neil Wagner, who were also born and raised in South Africa but went on to play for New Zealand.

However, Conway might need to wait longer for his New Zealand debut as both the tours are still uncertain due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has put all cricket - and all sport - in suspension.

"Little bit mixed feelings at the moment. Obviously really happy to hear the news about my eligibility, but then again, in saying that, with regards to what's happening at the moment throughout the world, just puts (everything) in perspective," Conway said.

With New Zealand also in lockdown to contain the spread of the virus, Conway has not been able to train but he is doing some eye exercises and boxing to keep himself fit.

"I'm trying to do as much physical work as possible, as it allows me, but I also try and focus on doing some of those eye exercises that are quite important to me, and using skills like boxing to stay active - I'm enjoying that recently," Conway said.

"There's not a lot that we can do, but as much as you can do, it's important to do during this period."

heart
shareGray Share
Tags
New ZealandDevon Philip Conway

Related Articles

safari
FANTASY
New Zealand vs Australia, 2nd T20I: Fantasy Preview
Here are a few tips and suggestions that might help you in creating your fantasy team for the second T20I between New Zealand and Australia
userCricket.com Staff
24 Feb 2021
safari
REPORT
Conway, Sodhi guide New Zealand to huge win in first T20I
The hosts recovered from 19/3 to secure a comfortable win in the first T20I against Australia
userNitin Fernandes
22 Feb 2021
safari
NEWS
Conway joins Green, ruled out of ongoing tour game against India due to concussion
Mark Steketee was named as Conway's concussion replacement for the final two days of the game
userPTI
12 Dec 2020
safari
NEWS
Watling doubtful for first Test vs West Indies; Conway roped in as cover
The New Zealand wicketkeeper is believed to be struggling with a hamstring niggle
userCricket.com Staff
01 Dec 2020
safari
FANTASY
New Zealand vs West Indies, 3rd T20I, Mount Maunganui: Fantasy Preview
Here are a few tips and suggestions that might help you in creating your fantasy team for the third T20I between New Zealand and West Indies at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
userCricket.Com Staff
29 Nov 2020
safari
REPORT
Phillips, Conway blow West Indies away
The 72-run win in the second T20I helps New Zealand take an unassailable 2-0 lead
userPramod Ananth
29 Nov 2020
safari
REPORT
New Zealand come out on top in thrill-a-minute contest at Eden Park
Inspired by Lockie Ferguson's five-for, the hosts won by five wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series
userNitin Fernandes
27 Nov 2020
safari
NEWS
Jamieson, Ajaz Patel and Conway offered NZ contracts for 2020-21
Selection manager Gavin Larsen said the three new players all have compelling cases for inclusion
userNew Zealand cricket media release
14 May 2020
safari
NEWS
Southee and Latham claim New Zealand first-class honors
Wellington Firebirds batsman Devon Conway was named the Men’s Domestic Player of the Year for a second straight year
userNew Zealand cricket media release
29 Apr 2020
safari
NEWS
Emotional Ian Smith honoured with Bert Sutcliffe Medal
Sophie Devine and Devon Conway made it a Wellington double by taking out the Super Smash Player of the Year titles
userNew Zealand cricket media release
28 Apr 2020
logo
Cricket like never before
Follow us on
FacebookTwitterLinkedin
@ 2020 cricket.com | All rights reserved