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Rachin Ravindra Secures 2024-25 Season International Contract

Ravindra's exceptional year was capped with the ICC Emerging Player of the Year award and the prestigious Sir Richard Hadlee Medal

Wellington's Rachin Ravindra, who enjoyed a breakout season with the BLACKCAPS, has earned his first International Playing Contract offer for the upcoming 2024-25 year. Ravindra, known for his stellar performance at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 where he ranked fourth in runs scored, has been recognised alongside his teammates Ben Sears, Will O’Rourke of Canterbury, and Otago’s Jacob Duffy as part of a proposed 20-member annual International Playing Contract list.

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Ajaz Patel, a seasoned player who missed out in the previous cycle, is also set to return.

Ravindra's exceptional year was capped with the ICC Emerging Player of the Year award and the prestigious Sir Richard Hadlee Medal. Reflecting on his contract offer, Ravindra expressed gratitude, calling it a moment he had dreamed of since childhood.

“Growing up you’d see those contract lists come out each year and think it would be cool to be on that list one day – and for it to eventuate now is a pinch-myself moment,” he said.

“It’s been a really cool past 12 months playing international cricket. I’ve learned a lot and the hunger is definitely there to keep improving and giving to the BLACKCAPS.

“It’s such a special group to be in, from players to support staff - and that’s been the most enjoyable part, to be honest.

"Playing a game you love with your mates for a living is something very special, and I hold it close to my heart.”

Ben Sears, who debuted alongside Ravindra at the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in 2016, made significant contributions during the 2023-24 season, claiming 13 wickets in T20Is and impressing in his Test debut against Australia.

Will O’Rourke, the young seamer from Canterbury, also earned his contract after a standout year that included remarkable performances in all three formats, including a stellar Test debut against South Africa.

Jacob Duffy, Otago’s record-breaking wicket-taker, received his first contract offer after years of consistent performances in T20Is and ODIs.

BLACKCAPS selector Sam Wells commended the 20 players selected for their dedication and performance, particularly highlighting the achievements of the younger players who are seen as the future of the team.

The announcement comes amidst a dynamic cricket landscape where New Zealand players continue to attract attention globally, underscoring the strength and depth of the team.

Key players like Kane Williamson and Neil Wagner, who retired from international cricket earlier this year, have opted out of central contracts, while others have been offered 'casual playing contracts' to align with their availability and commitments.

NZC reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring contracted players participate in both national and domestic competitions, emphasizing the holistic development and readiness of the team.

The upcoming season promises to be an exciting period for New Zealand cricket, with a blend of seasoned veterans and promising talents poised to make their mark on the international stage.

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