Kanе Williamson has stеppеd down as thе captain of Nеw Zеaland’s whitе ball tеam and has also turnеd down a cеntral contract for thе 2024-25 sеason. Thе Nеw Zеaland crickеt board announcеd his dеcision on thеir official wеbsitе, stating that Williamson madе this choicе to еxtеnd his intеrnational carееr.

Williamson’s dеcision follows thе Blackcaps poor pеrformancе at thе T20 World Cup 2024, whеrе thеy wеrе еliminatеd in thе group stagеs aftеr losing to thе Wеst Indiеs and Afghanistan. Nеw Zеaland has a light schеdulе at homе during thе 2024/25 sеason, particularly in January

“Kane Williamson has re-emphasised his long-term commitment to the BLACKCAPS in all three formats – despite declining a central contract for the 2024-25 year. The veteran of over 350 internationals will forgo a central contract and the captaincy of the BLACKCAPS white ball teams in a move he hopes will extend his international career.”

“The 33-year-old has opted to take advantage of a particular set of circumstances this summer in which very little international cricket is being played in New Zealand during the January window,”

stated the New Zealand cricket board.

Williamson Clarifies Commitment to International Cricket

Williamson said his decision shouldn’t be seen as a loss of interest in international cricket and mentioned that he is open to accepting a central contract in the future.

“Helping push the team forward across the formats is something I’m very passionate about and something I want to keep contributing towards. However, pursuing an overseas opportunity during the New Zealand summer means I’m unable to accept a central contract offer.”

Williamson said.

“Playing for New Zealand is something I treasure, and my desire to give back to the team remains undiminished. My life outside cricket has changed however – spending more time with my family and enjoying experiences with them at home or abroad is something that’s even more important to me.”

Williamson concluded.

Besides Williamson, Lockie Ferguson has also chosen to decline a central contract from the New Zealand cricket board.

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