Williamson steps down as NZ’s white-ball captain, declines national contract

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson on Wednesday decided to forego his national contract for the 2024-25 season and also stepped down from white-ball captaincy to extend his international career, following the Black Caps’ shock early exit from the T20 World Cup.

“Helping push the team forward across the formats is something I’m very passionate about and something I want to keep contributing towards,” the 33-year-old said in a New Zealand Cricket (NZC) release on Wednesday.

“However, pursuing an overseas opportunity during the New Zealand summer means I’m unable to accept a central contract offer.”

The Black Caps have very little international cricket scheduled during the January window and Williamson, who had stepped down from Test captaincy in December 2022, will be available to play all three formats outside that month.

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