CricketWilliamson turns down NZ central contract
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Kane Williamson, the star cricketer from New Zealand, has shocked the cricketing world by announcing that he will not be accepting a new central contract for the upcoming season. Despite this decision, Williamson has expressed his commitment to New Zealand cricket but has also stepped down as the team’s captain.

The 33-year-old revealed that he is pursuing an opportunity to play in an overseas league during the New Zealand summer, which means he won’t be available for the national side during that period. However, he has assured fans that he will always be ready to play for New Zealand whenever possible.

“I am passionate about pushing the team forward across all formats and will continue to contribute in any way I can,” said Williamson. “Although I cannot accept a central contract offer due to my overseas commitments, playing for New Zealand is something I hold dear to my heart.”

New Zealand Cricket CEO Scott Weenink has stated that they are willing to make an exception for Williamson, given his immense contribution to the team. Despite the preference for centrally contracted players, they recognize Williamson’s dedication and are keen to keep him involved in international cricket.

Following Williamson’s decision, New Zealand will now need to appoint a new limited-overs captain, as he had already relinquished Test captaincy in 2022. With veteran bowler Trent Boult also stepping back from T20 cricket, the team is undergoing a period of transition.

In addition to Williamson, fast bowler Lockie Ferguson has also shown reluctance to sign a central contract. The final list of contracted players is expected to be announced next month, as New Zealand prepares for the upcoming season without some of its key players.