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Kane Williamson Resigns as New Zealand Captain

Kane Williamson Resigns as New Zealand Captain

Kane Williamson has chosen to step down as captain of New Zealand’s white-ball cricket team and has declined a central contract from New Zealand Cricket for the upcoming 2024-25 period. This decision comes after New Zealand’s failure to qualify for the Super 8 stage in the T20 World Cup 2024.

Williamson cited his desire to explore opportunities abroad and spend more time with his family as reasons for his decision. Despite this, he remains committed to the team and its future.

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New Zealand Cricket’s CEO, Scott Weenink, acknowledged that it is uncommon to offer contracts to players not on the central contract list, but they are willing to make an exception for Williamson due to his significant contributions since he began leading the team in 2016. Williamson has captained New Zealand in several ICC tournaments and remains dedicated to the team’s success despite relinquishing his captaincy.

This shift represents a major change in New Zealand cricket as the team prepares for upcoming tournaments and leadership transitions.