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New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme, opener Jeet Raval and batsman Neil Broom have been included in the list of centrally contracted players for the 2017/18 season.
De Grandhomme has scored 397 runs in 18 games across all formats since 2016 and has also taken 26 wickets, including a sensational 6-41 during his Test debut against Pakistan in Christchurch in November last year.
Raval made his Test debut in the same match as De Grandhomme and has represented the Black Caps in seven Tests to date. In that time, he has accumulated 493 runs, which includes five half-centuries, at an average of 44.81.
As for Broom, he made his international comeback in December 2016, and since then, he has scored 602 runs, which includes a century and four fifties, at an average of 43 in 15 ODIs.
“Colin made a breakthrough last summer and is rated well in all three formats; Jeet’s Test numbers speak for themselves, and Neil, as well as averaging 43 in ODI cricket since his recall, is also seen as viable cover for the Test team’s middle-order,” national selector Gavin Larsen said.
With the trio having been rewarded with central contracts, spinner Mark Craig, pace bowler Doug Bracewell and wicketkeeper-batsman Luke Ronchi, who retired from international cricket in June, were axed from the list of centrally contracted players.
Players who received central contracts: Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Neil Broom, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, James Neesham, Jeet Raval, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson, George Worker