Jamieson, Conway earn NZC contracts as Munro, Raval lose deals
New Zealand pace bowler Kyle Jamieson, spinner Ajaz Patel and batsman Devon Conway have been offered BLACKCAPS contracts for the first time. As part of a proposed 20-player list for the 2020-21 season they have got the chance from domestic league.
According to NZC’s Master Agreement with the New Zealand Cricket Players Association, the players have until May 22 to accept or decline the contracts. The three new players have charted contrasting paths towards their first national contract considering recent performance.
Jamieson appeared in the international stage this home summer with Player of the Match performances in his debut ODI and Test series against the highly-rated Indian team.
Patel possesses a formidable first-class record and has been in the BLACKCAPS Test mix for the past 18 months. Conway’s journey is perhaps the most interesting. The 28-year-old, who’s had a phenomenal past two seasons topping the domestic batting charts, migrated from South Africa in 2017 and becomes eligible.
Players centrally contracted during the previous year, Auckland batsmen Colin Munro and Jeet Raval have not received offers to renew the arrangement, along with Canterbury spinner Todd Astle.
Selection manager Gavin Larsen said the three new players all have abilities to claim the contract.
“It’s really exciting to offer contracts to Kyle, Ajaz and Devon who have all impressed over the past 12 months,” he said.
“Kyle’s performances against the might of India were nothing short of outstanding and at 25 years of age he’s certainly got a big future. We see Ajaz as the incumbent Test spinner at present and he’ll be looking to stamp his mark on that spot after some strong efforts with the ball in the sub-continent.
“Devon’s form with the bat across all three formats these past two seasons made him impossible to ignore and he’s going to be a great option to add to the batting mix.”
Players offered central contracts for 2020-21: Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Devon Conway, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, James Neesham, Ajaz Patel, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson, Will Young.