Jimmy Neesham to be removed from Black Caps national contract list

Jimmy Neesham has been dropped from New Zealand Cricket's top 20 list by the Black Caps' first-choice white-ball all-rounder.

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Hasi Kamanger

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Jimmy Neesham has remove from being the Black Caps' best white-ball all-rounder to being excluded from the New Zealand Cricket Top 20. Witnesses understand Neesham will be the key lapse on the national contract list when it is announced on Friday.

Jimmy Neesham has gone from being the Black Caps’ first-choice white ball allrounder to being left off New Zealand Cricket’s top 20 list.
It's quite a fall for the 31-year-old, who has been New Zealand's all-rounder riding in ODI and T20 format.
Wellington skipper Michael Bracewell is believed to be the big winner, earning his first national contract after a solid domestic season which saw him make a big showing in the home ODIs against the Netherlands.
Left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel, who became the third bowler in Test cricket to win 10 wickets in an innings against India in December, is tipped to return after missing out on a contract last year. Dark Caps extraordinaire Ross Taylor is off the national contract list after retiring from a successful career towards the end of the home summer.
Jimmy Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme were regular midfielders for New Zealand throughout the 2019 Cricket World Cup. The two were included in the final against England where the Black Caps fell short on a border countback after a draw and a super over.
Neesham now appears to be outside the Black Caps' ODI side as his future in the T20 format is accepted. Orders are awarded on a common ranking framework across the three formats, with tests giving more weight. Given that
Neesham will only receive a T20 ranking, that means other players playing more than one format will outperform him.
With the men's T20 world championships looming in Australia in October-November, his cutting out should have been visible as a shock.
Neesham now appears to be on the outside of the Black Caps' ODI side, with his future believed to lie in the T20 format. The orders are awarded according to a combined ranking system across the three formats, with tests having more weight. As Neesham will only receive a T20 ranking it means others playing more than one format will overtake him.
Neesham is battling for third-placed Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League's T20 rivalry but has only played one of his 12 games.