McCullum to miss SA, Zimbabwe tour

New Zealand

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum will miss his team's limited-overs tours to South Africa and Zimbabwe in August but will continue to skipper the side until the World T20 in India next year.

The announcement by New Zealand Cricket puts an end to recent speculation that McCullum was going to quit ODI cricket after a gruelling last year that saw the Black Caps rise up the international rankings and reach the world cup final.

McCullum said: "It's a critical time for the team. We've had a very good past 18 months but we've got some real challenges ahead of us and we need to keep making progress.

"This is a young, emerging side with some very big series on the horizon and it's a really exciting time to be involved."

NZC chief executive David White said: "Under Brendon, the Blackcaps have enjoyed unprecedented success over the past 18 months and to have him remaining at the helm for another year is extremely good news.

"Brendon has proved himself to be an exceptional player and leader and the side will be much stronger for his presence."