Black Caps all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme has returned to Zimbabwe following the sudden passing of his father yesterday.

De Grandhomme will be replaced in the ODI squad to face West Indies by Doug Bracewell.

Black Caps selector Gavin Larsen said the team's thoughts were with de Grandhomme.

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"This is obviously extremely sad news for Colin and his family and we're all thinking of them at the moment," said Larsen.

"Right now the most important thing is that Colin is with his family."

There is currently no timeline for when de Grandhomme will rejoin the squad.

The 31-year-old averaged 61.66 in the recent two-Test series against the Windies, bludgeoning his way to his maiden Test century in Wellington.

He slapped 11 fours and three sixes in his 74-ball innings to help set New Zealand up for an innings and 67-run win.

He also picked up 4-113 off 44 overs across the two tests.

The first ODI against the West Indies is in Whangarei on Wednesday.