Fast-bowler Adam Milne has been given a central contract by New Zealand Cricket (NZC) for the first time in five years. This comes after a successful
Fast-bowler Adam Milne has been given a central contract by New Zealand Cricket (NZC) for the first time in five years. This comes after a successful season where Milne played 16 matches for the BLACKCAPS and took 24 wickets. The 31-year-old made a strong impression with his consistent performances, including a career-best 5-26 in a T20 match against Sri Lanka. The BLACKCAPS coach, Gary Stead, stated that Milne’s contract offer was well-deserved and a reflection of his dedication to playing for New Zealand. Other players, such as Finn Allen, Mark Chapman, and Blair Tickner, have been retained on the contract list, while some players, including Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, and Martin Guptill, requested and received releases. Spinner Ajaz Patel, who had a limited playing time, did not receive a central contract. Boult declined a central contract but has agreed to be available for the BLACKCAPS on a casual playing agreement. The players have until June 12 to accept or decline their contract offers.