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Jimmy Neesham Justifies His Decision To Decline New Zealand Central Contract
By CricShots - Sep 16, 2022 12:49 pm
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New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has suffered another setback as the star all-rounder Jimmy Neesham has decided to decline the New Zealand central contract. Neesham joins the likes of Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme, who had also decided to decline a central contract earlier. Jimmy Neesham wasn’t offered a contract initially and hence decided to play various T20 tournaments around the world.

Jimmy Neesham
Jimmy Neesham

The Kiwi was eventually offered the central contract after two spots were vacated due to the departure of Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme last month. But since Neesham wasn’t part of the plans of the New Zealand board initially, he committed his future to different global T20 leagues and has decided to honor that decision instead of signing the recently offered central contract.

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The veteran all-rounder posted an Instagram story regarding his decision and clarified that he was eager to sign the central contract in July, which never came his way, and thus ‘committed to other leagues around the world’. He stated that it wasn’t about the money but rather about honoring his commitments.

In his Instagram story, Jimmy Neesham said, “I know the news of my decision to decline a central contract today will be seen as me choosing money over representing my country. I had planned to accept a contract offer in July, however, since being left off the list I have committed to other leagues around the world. It was a difficult decision but I have decided to honor those commitments rather than go back on my word to re-sign with NZ Cricket.”

James Neesham
James Neesham explains the decision

Jimmy Neesham further stated that representing the Blackcaps ‘has been the greatest honor of my career’, and he will continue with his current commitment to the Kiwis. Known for his humor and banter on social media, Neesham concluded his post with a cheeky remark on compatriot Mitchell Santner’s face.

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“Playing for the [Blackcaps] has been the greatest honor of my career and I remain committed to taking the field with my countrymen for the foreseeable future, especially in pinnacle world events,” he added.