New Zealand Cricket (NZC), on Friday, have introduced the central contracts for the upcoming 2022-23 season. Left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel has been named within the listing, alongside a maiden call-up for all-rounder Michael Bracewell.
In June final yr, Ajaz assisted the Black Caps to clinch a uncommon Take a look at collection victory over England at Edgbaston earlier than ending the five-match T20 leg towards Bangladesh in September because the main wicket-taker. Nevertheless, his most memorable efficiency got here towards India within the second Take a look at in Mumbai in December, when he claimed all 10 first-innings wickets and completed with 14 total within the match.
Equally, Bracewell just lately got here into the limelight after being picked in the New Zealand Test squad for the England tour. He made his nationwide debut in March towards the Netherlands, the place he was additionally adjudged the Tremendous Smash Participant of the 12 months.
In the meantime, senior all-rounder Jimmy Neesham has been disregarded of the 20-player shortlist. Notably, the Auckland-born made his final Take a look at look in 2017 and has solely performed 9 T20Is over the past 12 months, together with the World Cup.
“The busy worldwide calendar means we’re calling on a wider base of expertise as of late and the likes of Michael Bracewell is testomony to the depth of that expertise. Michael’s been constantly acting on the home circuit for seasons now, and we definitely see him as a global prospect in all three codecs,” mentioned head coach Gary Stead in an announcement.
“It’s nice to see Ajaz again on the listing after narrowly lacking out final season. His worth as our main red-ball spinner is evident, and we’re excited to see the position he might play within the Take a look at crew going ahead,” he added.
Gamers provided central contracts for 2022-23 season:
Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Kane Williamson, Will Younger