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Central contracts awarded for Colin de Grandhomme, Jeet Raval

Colin de Grandhomme (left) has been awarded a central contract
Colin de Grandhomme (left) has been awarded a central contract

New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme and opening batsman Jeet Raval are the latest to be awarded with a central contract for the next 12 months.

De Grandhomme has been part of the squad across all the three formats and has till now featured in six Tests, nine One-Day Internationals and eight Twenty20 Internationals while Raval has sealed the opening position in the longer format of the game scoring 493 runs in seven games at an average of 44.

Also added to the list is Canterbury middle order batsman Neil Broom, who was recalled after a gap of six years after Ross Taylor underwent a eye surgery. Since his comeback on December last year, the 33-year-old has scored four half-centuries and a century.

"Colin made a breakthrough last summer and is rated well in all three formats," New Zealand Cricket selector Gavin Larsen said in a statement.

"Jeet's test numbers speak for themselves, and Neil, as well as averaging 43 in ODI cricket since his recall, is also seen as viable cover for the test team's middle-order."

The notable omissions from the list are fast bowler Doug Bracewell and off-spinner Mark Craig with the former recently convicted in a drink driving incident. However, Larsen insisted that all is not over for Bracewell.

"Doug is still viewed very positively by the selectors and has a big year in front of him in terms of bouncing back from his injury and proving his worth," said Larsen.

"Its been a difficult time for him since the knee injury but we're all hopeful he'll make a full and sustainable recovery."

New Zealand central contract list:

Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Neil Broom, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, James Neesham, Jeet Raval, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson, George Worker

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