Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson


Kane Williamson steps down as New Zealand captain after T20 World Cup refuses to take central contract: In news that has sent shockwaves through the cricketing world, Kane Williamson has announced his decision to step down from white-ball captaincy and reject a New Zealand central contract in an attempt to prolong his international career.

Following losses to Afghanistan and the West Indies, who both advanced to the Super Eights from Group C, New Zealand exited the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 in the group stages for the first time since 2014. The announcement follows the end of the tournament.

Despite the decision, Williamson reiterated his dedication to the Blackcaps, committing to feature in eight World Test Championship matches in the coming months and the ICC Champions Trophy in Pakistan next year. The 33-year-old said he is willing to consider taking a central deal at some point in the future.

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“Helping push the team forward across the formats is something I’m very passionate about and something I want to keep contributing towards,” Kane said

“However, pursuing an overseas opportunity during the New Zealand summer means I’m unable to accept a central contract offer.

“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.”

Reacting to Williamson’s decision, NZC CEO Scott Wennink said the Kiwi player should be given the opportunity to take a break and focus on other tasks, including family commitments, as he has done a lot for New Zealand cricket.

“This is a good way to help keep Kane in the international game so that he continues to play a major role for the BLACKCAPS – both now and in the years to come,” said Mr. Weenink.

“We have very little international cricket in New Zealand through January and outside that period he’s still available for the BLACKCAPS.

“NZC has a strong preference to select centrally contracted players for the BLACKCAPS, however we’re happy to make an exception for our greatest ever batter – especially as he remains so committed to the team.

“I know it sounds a bit counterintuitive, but I’m very encouraged by this development.”

The final list of New Zealand’s central contracts is expected to be announced next month. Another notable player absent from this list is Lockie Ferguson, who has already indicated that he will not accept a central contract.

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Source: ICC