Kane Williamson Leaves New Zealand Captaincy, Declines Central Contract

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Kane Williamson Leaves New Zealand Captaincy, Declines Central Contract
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The New Zealand Captain of the white-ball format Kane Williamson has stepped down from his leading role. Kane Williamson rejected Captaincy and the central contract for the New Zealand Cricket (NZC) of 2024-2025. This was done after Black Cap’s disappointing T20 World Cup 2024 performance.

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New Zealand didn’t qualify for the Super 8 in T20 World Cup 2024. Also, the team couldn’t take Afghanistan in the group-stage games.

Helping push the team forward across the formats is something I’m very passionate about and something I want to keep contributing towards, however, pursuing an overseas opportunity during the New Zealand summer means I’m unable to accept a central contract offer,” said Williamson in a press release issued by NZC.

“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.”

In 2022, Williamson resigned as the Test team’s captain, but he remained to lead the group in limited-overs cricket.


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According to CEO of New Zealand Cricket Scott Weenink, the NZC board does not choose players for the team who are not centrally contracted, but they are prepared to make an exception for their “greatest ever batter.

“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.”

After Brendon McCullum’s retirement in 2016, Williamson was named to the position. He led the Kiwis in 40 Test matches, 91 ODIs, and 75 T20 matches. He has guided the team to victory in the ODI Cricket World Cup (2019 and 2023), the T20 World Cup (2016, 2021, 2022, and 2024), and the 2021 ICC World Test Championship, which New Zealand won.

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However, Williamson and company appeared to be unlucky in ICC competitions, including the T20 World Cup 2024, where they were defeated by Afghanistan and the West Indies in the group stage games and were unable to advance to the Super 8 round of the competition.

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