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First contract offers extended to Ravindra, the pace bowling trio; Patel makes a comeback

Breakthrough Season Recognized with International Playing Contract Offer: Rachin Ravindra and Three Others Join the BLACKCAPS for 2024-25 Season

Rachin Ravindra’s Impressive Season Recognized with First BLACKCAPS International Playing Contract Offer

Wellington all-rounder Rachin Ravindra has had a remarkable season with the BLACKCAPS, and his outstanding performances have not gone unnoticed. The talented cricketer has received his first International Playing Contract offer for the 2024-25 year, highlighting his growing importance to the national team.

Ravindra will be joined by his team-mates Ben Sears, Will O’Rourke from Canterbury, and Jacob Duffy from Otago, as new faces on the proposed 20-strong annual International Playing Contract list. Ajaz Patel is also set to return after missing out during the previous cycle.

The 20-year-old Ravindra made a significant impact at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 in India, finishing as the fourth leading run-scorer with 578 runs. He continued to shine in the Test and T20I matches, showcasing his all-round skills and solidifying his place in the team.

In recognition of his outstanding year, Ravindra was named the ICC Emerging Player of the Year for 2023 and also received the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal at the ANZ New Zealand Cricket Awards. His dedication and passion for the game have been evident, and he expressed his excitement at receiving his first BLACKCAPS contract offer.

The inclusion of Ben Sears, who played alongside Ravindra at the 2016 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, further strengthens the team’s bowling attack. Will O’Rourke’s contract offer comes after his impressive debut in all three formats of the game, including a standout performance in the Test series against South Africa.

Jacob Duffy, who recently became Otago’s all-time leading wicket-taker, receives his first International Playing Contract offer after years of dedication to the sport. Ajaz Patel’s return adds experience and skill to the team, especially ahead of a busy red ball schedule.

BLACKCAPS selector Sam Wells praised the 20 players offered central contracts for the upcoming season, highlighting the potential of the younger players and the depth of talent in the squad. While some players decided to make themselves unavailable for contracts, the team remains strong and focused on future success.

As the cricket landscape continues to evolve, New Zealand’s commitment to producing top-quality players for both international and domestic competitions remains unwavering. The announcement of the central contracts for the 2024-25 season reflects the team’s dedication to excellence and the bright future ahead.

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