New Zealand Cricket names domestic contracts
Canterbury cricket will face the upcoming summer season with a vastly different looking side while Auckland benefits from the return of Rob Nicol in a number of changes announced with domestic contracts today.
New Zealand's six Major Associations today announced the players offered first round domestic contracts for the coming season.
The contracting process for domestic players involved two rounds, with each team to contract a total of 15 players overall.
The six associations could offer nine to 14 contracts at their discretion in the first round and then complete the process to their full contingent with second round contracts being offered on August 8.
On paper, the Canterbury side, who would this season be called the Kings rather than the Wizards, have undergone the most changes with a largely local flavour to the team.
Canterbury have lost batsmen Rob Nicol, Dean Brownlie, Brad Cachopa and George Worker, but have signed Neil Broom who returns to Christchurch after many years playing for the Volts. They have also given Peter Fulton a domestic contract after he missed out on a national contract.
For the Ace, the most significant signing was all-rounder Rob Nicol who returned home to Auckland after playing for Canterbury.
Brad Cachopa has also returned to the Aces from Canterbury and his brother Carl from the Stags while the third brother Craig Cachopa has left the Aces after signing with English county side Sussex for two years. Tarun Nethula also returned to the Aces from the Stags.
Notably for the Knights, they have secured the services of Dean Brownlie from Canterbury as well as signing Joe Carter, Mitchell Santner and Bharat Popli.
For the Volts, they have secured Tipene Friday from the Aces and Bradley Scott was offered a contact after returning to Dunedin from Northern Districts last August.
The Volts have lost Neil Broom to Canterbury and Ian Butler, who has retired.
Wellington has a largely unchanged team and fields experienced players Grant Elliott and Mark Gillespie as well as Jeetan Patel and Brent Arnel.
The Stags have put Doug Bracewell on to a domestic contract after he was not offered a national contract, they have lost Carl Cachopa to Auckland, but secured George Worker from Canterbury.
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Logan van Beek
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BLACK CAPS - contracted players for 2014-15
Corey Anderson - Northern Knights
Trent Boult - Northern Knights
Mark Craig - Otago Volts
Martin Guptill - Auckland Aces
Matt Henry - Canterbury
Tom Latham - Canterbury
Mitchell McClenaghan - Auckland Aces
Brendon McCullum - Otago Volts
Nathan McCullum - Otago Volts
Kyle Mills - Auckland Aces
Adam Milne - Central Stags
Colin Munro - Auckland Aces
Jimmy Neesham - Otago Volts
Luke Ronchi - Wellington Firebirds
Ish Sodhi - Northern Knights
Tim Southee - Northern Knights
Ross Taylor - Central Stags
Neil Wagner - Otago Volts
BJ Watling - Northern Knights
Kane Williamson - Northern Knights
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