New Zealand news July 8, 2013

New Zealand shake up contract list

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand's contract list has undergone a significant shake-up for 2013-14, with eight changes from last year's group. Tom Latham, Corey Anderson, Bruce Martin, Mitchell McClenaghan, Colin Munro and Hamish Rutherford have all been contracted for the first time, while Peter Fulton and Grant Elliott have returned to the list after missing out for the past couple of seasons.

James Franklin, Daniel Flynn, Andrew Ellis, Tarun Nathula, Rob Nicol and Kruger van Wyk have all missed out from last year's group of contracted players, along with Jacob Oram, who was replaced during the year by Neil Wagner. Also gone from the list are the newly-retired Chris Martin and the veteran Daniel Vettori, who turned down a contract due to uncertainty over his recovery from surgery on his Achilles tendon.

There was no room for Andrew Ellis, Luke Ronchi, Adam Milne, Ian Butler or Jeetan Patel. Mike Hesson, the New Zealand coach, said the 20 players who received deals were those most likely to feature for the team over the next 12 months, which includes tours of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and West Indies, along with home series against India and West Indies.

"There's still a strong core of experienced players who have been a part of the team's progression over recent months," Hesson said. "Some of the younger players such as Corey Anderson and Hamish Rutherford have also demanded a spot, after making strong starts to their international careers.

"As always, some difficult decisions had to be made and a number of last year's contracted players will be disappointed to have missed out. However, there's nothing to say that they can't force their way back into the team in the future through strong domestic performances."

Contracted players Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Dean Brownlie, Grant Elliott, Peter Fulton, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Bruce Martin, Mitchell McClenaghan, Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Colin Munro, Hamish Rutherford, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson.

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  • kiwicricketnut on July 9, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    @ Gagg, i got to disagree mate, i dont think 2 or 3 years of our first class cricket will do sohdi any good, all our best players like vettori, mccullum, cairns etc were exposed to international cricket young and learned their cricket at the school of hard knocks, sure they were found out but grew into great players because of it, im almost certain they wouldn't have been as good picking up bad habits in first class cricket. the tour to bangladesh would be a great steping stone for a guy like sohdi, there a exceptions to any rule, richardson springs to mind but for the most part our best players need to learn their trade at international level if they're going to be any good

  • kensohatter on July 9, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    NZ are going to suprise a few teams over the coming years... Boult, Bracewell and Southee are dangerous and Kane Williamson is a great prospect. I really think they are capable of an ODI world cup win.

  • zn264 on July 9, 2013, 4:40 GMT

    @venkatesh018 Correct me if I'm wroing but I think they get paid between 180-70K NZD. Which isn't very much when you think about it. Baz would be hitting the 180 mark, along with Rosco not far behind. Then I think you would see the 17-20th ranked players around the 70k mark. Still; getting paid anything to do what you love is pretty awesome! NZC shouldn't be about the money...that's what the IPL's for.

  • StevieS on July 8, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    Kitten, you don't follow domestic cricket? Sodhi is Ish Sodhi a young leg spinner, give him another 2-3 years of domestic cricket before we start to talk about him playing internationals though , that's even if he is good enough at FC cricket.

  • vsssarma on July 8, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    Mitchell McClenaghan is the new Shane Bond. But NZL will miss Jacob Oram.

  • CricketChat on July 8, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    Elliot, Brownlie and Watling can consider themselves lucky to be contracted. Otherwise, the selectors did a fair job given the limited new talent of international class coming from domestic cricket. Sad to see Vettori missing first time the list for as long as one can remember. I guess NZ should move on and invest in other upcoming spinners.

  • kitten on July 8, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    @The-Stoat ' though I'm looking forward to seeing how some of the new ones like Mitchell and Sodhi do.'

    Who is Sodhi? If you mean Southee, he is not a new hand....has been playing for quite some time. In any case, this is a good team, and I am sure with time they will gel, and become quite a force to reckon with in the future. The bowling can compete with the best in the pace department, it's the batting that is a worry, and hopefully, some of the new guys will step up. Go NZ Go.

  • venkatesh018 on July 8, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    Btw, How much do these Contracted players get per annum?

  • dummy4fb on July 8, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    When I look at that current NZ team I think it is pretty good... Nice and young; I think the next 2-3 years could be good for New Zealand!

  • Baundele on July 8, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    As long as both Mike Hesson and Ross Taylor are on, I am happy. The drama will continue. However, I was wondering what went wrong with Rob Nicol. Is he injured? He used to earn me big points in my fantasy teams.