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Williamson steps down as NZ's white-ball captain, declines national contract
6/19/2024 9:52:12 PM
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CHRISTCHURCH, June 19: New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson on Wednesday decided to forego his national contract for the 2024-25 season and also stepped down from white-ball captaincy to extend his international career, following the Black Caps' shock early exit from the T20 World Cup.
"Helping push the team forward across the formats is something I'm very passionate about and something I want to keep contributing towards," the 33-year-old said in a New Zealand Cricket (NZC) release on Wednesday.
"However, pursuing an overseas opportunity during the New Zealand summer means I'm unable to accept a central contract offer."
The Black Caps have very little international cricket scheduled during the January window and Williamson, who had stepped down from Test captaincy in December 2022, will be available to play all three formats outside that month.
"Playing for New Zealand is something I treasure, and my desire to give back to the team remains undiminished," he said.
"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." The Black Caps are scheduled to compete in eight Tests, including a tour of India and then a three-match home series against England in November-December, before Christmas. The leagues will be followed by the ICC Champions Trophy in Pakistan in February-March.
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