On Friday, Jimmy Neesham, the Kiwi all-rounder Jimmy declined the central contact of New Zealand. He took his Instagram to announce his decision. He moreover gave explanations where he told about his commitments for leagues throughout the world. He however posted it four days before the board will announce the squad for the 2022 T20 World Cup.
This World Cup won’t feature Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme. Earlier this year, Trent Boult denied the contract. His explanation was to spend more time with his family. On the other hand, Grandhomme took retirement from International cricket. The all-rounder Neesham got one of those empty spots. However, he denied the offer, keeping his participation in the leagues as a cause. Nonetheless, he clarified his hopes to come back to the New Zealand side in the future. However, he made a special mention of action events.
Playing for the Blackcaps has been the greatest honor: Jimmy Neesham
In his Instagram story, Neesham wrote,
“I know the news of my decision to decline a central contract today will be seen as me choosing money over representing my country. I had planned to accept a contract offer in July, however since being left off the list I have committed to other leagues around the world. It was a difficult decision but I have decided to honour those commitments rather than go back on my word to re-sign with NZ Cricket.”
Neesham further wrote,
“Playing for the [Blackcaps] has been the greatest honour of my career and I remain committed to taking the field with my countrymen for the foreseeable future, especially in pinnacle world events.”
Neesham presently will feature himself for the South Africa T-20 League auction.
On 20th September, New Zealand will announce their squad for T20 World Cup. Prior to their WC campaign, NZ will face Pakistan and Bangladesh in Christchurch, in a tri-series. It will be between the 7th to 14th of October. In the World Cup at Australia, New Zealand will start their campaign at the SCG, against the host, on October 22.
Blair Tickner and Finn Allen, meanwhile, have received their maiden deal in New Zealand Cricket.