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How honoured to be skipper

Vettori's IPL deal gives How taste of captaincy

How: Proud

Jamie How says he is proud to have been asked to captain New Zealand in Daniel Vettori's absence this summer.

How will take the reins in the early stages of the Black Caps' UK tour as Vettori and vice-captain Brendon McCullum fulfil their commitments in the Indian Premier League.

"It's obviously an honour but I am the first to admit there's a massive chunk of experience missing from the side with the guys away playing in the IPL," How told Sunday News.

"In spite of that, it's still a great honour but I am fully aware, though, that half the team is away.

"It's a pretty unique circumstance but it's great the selectors have the confidence in me to do the job in the first couple of games.

"There's a lot of water to go under the bridge before I would ever be considered a possible captain of this side.

"Let's not forget that both Dan and Brendon are young guys despite the fact they've played a lot of cricket.

"I don't think there's a pressing need to be thinking of another captain just yet.

"Everyone dreams of playing for New Zealand and I guess one day captaining New Zealand would be the ultimate.

"That's a long way down the track and I'm still primarily focused on securing my spot."

How will lead the side into matches against the MCC and Kent before the five-strong IPL contingent reinforce the squad on May 1.