An eye on the future?
In New Zealand Herald Andrew Alderson writes that when New Zealand Cricket release their list of 20 centrally-contracted players, they are likely to look to future promise rather than past experience.
A quick tot up of domestic form and statistics, combined with the list of emerging players selected for New Zealand 'A' in their tournament in Australia in August suggests a few new contracts could be handed out.
The ranking decision is largely determined by 'gut feel'. Coach John Wright, stand-in national selection manager Mark Greatbatch and cricket director John Buchanan make their final call from what they have seen (Buchanan is more likely to facilitate this time around, given his recent arrival)
Akhila Ranganna is assistant editor (Audio) at ESPNcricinfo