White-ball only deals on the cards in NZ

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New Zealand cricket CEO David White says that his organization are open to the possibility of players being contracted only for limited overs cricket.

White also wants the ICC to set out clearly defined windows for T20 cricket to be played in to prevent further fixture congestion.

Earlier this week Colin Munro became the first New Zealand player to opt out of first-class cricket and test consideration while under contract.

Speaking to stuff.co.nz White said: “My personal view is there will be some modifications to accommodate white ball cricket but we’re not going to see a radical overhaul of the contracting system.

“Some players might decide to focus on white ball cricket and what’s important for us is, as long as New Zealand Cricket and the Super Smash is protected there could be some accommodation there.”

New Zealand’s contracted players will be unable to enjoy stints across the Tasman in the Big Bash while contracted to NZC with management eager to ensure players take part in the domestic Super Smash.

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White added: “Absolutely, that is critical, that our Super Smash window is sacrosanct for our players. It’s important for our domestic competition not only from a commercial point of view but a development point of view that we have our best players playing in it.”

The CEO feels that the time has come to set up windows in which domestic T20 competitions can be played with more and more big money tournaments popping up.

He said: “It’s been on the table for a couple of years but it’s really coming to a head now. Everyone agrees domestic T20 leagues are important and the IPL stands alone in that. But it needs to co-exist with a meaningful international programme and that’s really important for NZC, because we are very dependent on an international programme for our revenue.

“Looking at the best way forward, is that having dedicated windows for domestic T20 leagues or having a season structure where both can co-exist is critical for the future of cricket.”

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