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New Zealand Cricket announces contracted players for 2013-14

NZC announces twenty players to be offered BLACKCAPS contracts

New Zealand Cricket announces contracted players for 2013-14 - Cricket News
The Blackcaps.

New Zealand Cricket today announced the twenty players to be offered BLACKCAPS contracts for the year 1 August 2013 to 31 July 2014.

Corey Anderson  Northern Knights
Trent Boult 
 Northern Knights 
Doug Bracewell 
 Central Stags
Dean Brownlie 
 Canterbury Wizards
Grant Elliott 
 Wellington Firebirds
Peter Fulton 
 Canterbury Wizards
Martin Guptill 
 Auckland Aces
Tom Latham 
 Canterbury Wizards
Bruce Martin 
 Auckland Aces
Mitchell McClenaghan 
 Auckland Aces
Brendon McCullum 
 Otago Volts
Nathan McCullum 
 Otago Volts
Kyle Mills 
 Auckland Aces
Colin Munro 
 Auckland Aces
Hamish Rutherford 
 Otago Volts
Tim Southee 
 Northern Knights
Ross Taylor 
 Central Stags
Neil Wagner 
 Otago Volts
BJ Watling 
 Northern Knights
Kane Williamson 
 Northern Knights

Corey Anderson, Tom Latham, Bruce Martin, Mitchell McClenaghan, Colin Munro and Hamish Rutherford are offered contracts for the first time this year.  Grant Elliott regains an NZC contract after last being on the list in the 2010-11 season, while Peter Fulton makes his first return since 2008-09.

Players included in last years list who are not contracted for 2013-14 include Andrew Ellis, Daniel Flynn, James Franklin, Chris Martin, Tarun Nethula, Rob Nicol, Kruger van Wyk and Jacob Oram (later replaced by Neil Wagner). Daniel Vettori also comes off the list, after deciding to make himself unavailable last week.

A set criteria is used to rank players across all three forms of the game with Test cricket receiving twice the weighting of ODIs and Twenty20 internationals.  The players with the 20 highest aggregate scores are then offered NZC contracts.

BLACKCAPS Head Coach, Mike Hesson, said the 20 players to receive the retainer contracts are the cricketers most likely to feature for the BLACKCAPS over the next 12 months at this particular juncture in time.

We believe that the 20 players selected will provide the most value to the BLACKCAPS over what is an exciting period for the team. Theres plenty of cricket to be played over the next 12 months, with series against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, West Indies, India and the ICC World Twenty20, said Hesson.

With nine changes from last years contracted list, its evident that competition for places is high.

Theres still a strong core of experienced players who have been a part of the teams progression over recent months. 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 years contracted players will be disappointed to have missed out. However, theres nothing to say that they cant force their way back into the team in the future through strong domestic performances.

The first round of Major Association contracts will be announced Friday July 26.

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