New Zealand batswoman Rachel Priest has been omitted from the list of centrally contracted players for 2020-2021.
Rachel Priest has returned to New Zealand Cricket’s contract roster for the last season. However, she had failed to make a mark in the eight international games that she had played. With that, it resulted in her omission from the current list of centrally contracted New Zealand women players.
Priest’s vacated spot will be filled in by Central Hinds’ Natalie Dodd and Wellington Blaze’s Jess Kerr who are both first-time recipients of national retainers. Both of these players also held Development Contracts for 2019-2020 and were tipped to graduate to the senior level in the next cycle.
As per NZ women head coach Bob Carter, ‘It's an acknowledgement of hard work and perseverance from both Jess and Natalie, culminating in a fantastic opportunity ahead of them. Jess was an excellent addition to the group last season and impressed the coaching staff with her work ethic and commitment. We're looking forward to her developing her game over the next 12 months’.
‘Natalie has impressed over several seasons at the domestic level having been in the top echelon of run-scorers while also showing her ability with the gloves. We see this as an opportunity to work on her skills and hopefully build on an international career that started many years ago’, he added.
Priest had mainly been cut off from the list after she had scored 60 runs on her 4 games at the T20 World Cup. To learn more about the T20 format, check out Betwala.
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