New Zealand players Jimmy Neesham, Tom Blundell and Will Young has been offered central contracts of the New Zealand cricket team and will be part of the group of 20 players who have been handed central contracts. The trio of Jimmy Neesham, Tom Blundell and Will Young has replaced the likes of Adam Milne, Corey Anderson and George Worker whose name has been removed from the list. They were part of the central contracts list back in 2018-19.
Meanwhile, Jimmy Neesham who is an impressive all-rounder and wicket-keeper batsman Tom Blundell have been included in the preliminary 15 member World Cup squad. Blundell, the 26-year-old wicket-keeper batsman who recently made his Test debut against Bangladesh. The final Test of the series was washed out after the Christchurch terror attack.
Meanwhile, Tim Seifert who missed out on a World Cup berth as Blundell was preferred also missed out to make the contract list. This is the very first time that players like Jimmy Neeshan and Tom Blundell have bagged their central contract. Jimmy Neesham missed out on the central contract after a horrendous run of form with the bat last year.
Neesham had earlier stated that it was not long ago that he contemplated retirement before making a successful return to the New Zealand World Cup squad. Neesham is a fantastic striker of the ball and can also bowl some handy medium pacers.
“Jimmy had a very good season and made excellent progress with Wellington, New Zealand A and the Blackcaps. He’s made every post a winning one,” selector Gavin Larsen said. “Will receives an offer on the basis of the sheer weight of runs he scored last season, both for New Zealand A and the Central Stags.
“Tom has acted as a back-up for BJ Watling on the tour of UAE, has recently played for New Zealand A and is in the World Cup squad as the wicket-keeping understudy for Tom Latham. We see this offer as a strong vote of confidence in his future.”
Players offered central contracts for 2019-20 Todd Astle, Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, James Neesham, Jeet Raval, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson, Will Young.