May 16. South African-born Devon Conway has been added to the New Zealand Cricket payroll before even playing an international match his form in the domestic circuit was ‘impossible to ignore’, chief selector Gavin Larsen said on Friday.
Along with Conway, all-rounder Kyle Jamieson who had a tremendous debut series against India and spinner Ajaz Patel earned their first contracts for the Black Caps squad. On the other hand, Colin Munro, Jeet Raval and Todd Astle have been dropped.
The top-ranked player gets an annual retainer of $243,000. Similarly, the No. 20 gets $103,000, excluding match fees. It is also expected that Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson, pacer Trent Boult, veteran Ross Taylor and top swing bowler Tim Southee will remain in the top-four.
New Zealand contracted players for 2020-21 season:
Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Devon Conway, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, James Neesham, Ajaz Patel, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson, Will Young.