Five New Players Earn New Zealand Central Contracts

Five New Players Earn New Zealand Central Contracts
Five New Players Earn New Zealand Central Contracts
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New Zealand Cricket has named the 20 players who will receive central contracts for the next 12 months from 1st August 2012 to 31st July 2013.

Five players are offered contracts for the first time while all-rounder James Franklin returns to the list having missed out on a contract last year.

Recently-capped players and rising stars Dean Brownlie, Doug Bracewell, Andrew Ellis, Tarun Nethula and Kruger van Wyk are the men given contracts for the first time.

Missing out on having their contracts renewed are Hamish Bennett, Neil Broom, Andy McKay, Jesse Ryder and Luke Woodcock.

The awarding of contracts is based on appearances in the past 12 months, with Test appearances weighted twice as heavily as limited overs matches.

"We have five new contracted players and their addition reflects the strong performances they have put in over the past 12 months and the value they are expected to bring to the BLACKCAPS this coming year," National Selection Manager Kim Littlejohn said.

"It’s an exciting time for the BLACKCAPS with a number of important series in the 2012-13 season including the ICC World Twenty20 tournament.

"We believe the contracted players will be integral to the success of the team in what will be a demanding period against highly ranked opposition.

"There were some difficult decisions and it’s disappointing for the players who did not have their contracts renewed.  We are confident they will continue to work hard and look to force their way into the team through performance."

New Zealand contracted players 2012-13: Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Dean Brownlie, Andrew Ellis, Daniel Flynn, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Chris Martin, Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Tarun Nethula, Rob Nicol, Jacob Oram, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Kruger van Wyk, Daniel Vettori, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson

© Cricket World 2012

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