Kane Williamson has been handed the reins of the New Zealand's Test side after leading the national side at the World Twenty20 earlier this year. New Zealand Cricket made the official announcement of the right-handed batsman replacing Brendon McCullum, who retired in February 2016, on Thursday (April 28).
David White, the New Zealand Cricket Chief Executive, said he felt that the 25-year-old is ready for the role. "Kane has been a leader within the team for a long time now and already shown himself to be an extremely capable captain," he said. "He's respected by his peers and the wider cricket community for his professional approach both on and off the field, and has a superb cricket brain.
"His drive to see the team succeed and his passion for the game are what you look for in a leader. He's ready for the role and will only continue to grow."
Williamson has led New Zealand in 36 limited-overs matches so far and has won 20 of them. The right-hand batsman is currently in India playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League.