Wellington, Jul 1: He shone in the Indian Premier League but James Franklin's not-so-impressive performances for New Zealand cost him his central contract along with six other players in the 20-strong list announced here on July 01.
"A set criteria is used to rank players across all three forms of the game with Test cricket receiving twice the weighting of ODIs and Twenty20 internationals. The players with the highest aggregate score are then offered NZC contracts," the NZC said in a statement afer announcing contracts for the period of August 1, 2011 to July 31, 2012.
Reece Young, Rob Nicol, Trent Boult and Luke Woodcock are the newcomers to the contracted players list; Daniel Flynn and Neil Broom have returned to the list after missing out last year and Hamish Bennett has remained as an NZC contracted player after receiving an elevated contract in February 2011.
Brent Arnel, Grant Elliott, Gareth Hopkins, Tim McIntosh, Jeetan Patel and Daryl Tuffey, Franklin and Jamie How, who received an elevated contract in February, missed out. Scott Styris, who retired from international cricket, was not considered.