Complains the contracts mean Wellington gets screwed.
Advocates for a system where Wellington would be screwed anyway.
But it screws with everyone else, was his point really. Auckland wouldn't get to freeload their Munro runs and only lose him for a bit of NZ shorter forms.
Interested in how Otago are going to cover Rutherford's elevation in the next couple of weeks. English import perhaps.
Men's Contracting Process 2013
NOTE: AMENDED DATES
19th July - First player Transfer Window closes
(for players to transfer MA for ranking purposes - for 1st round ranking only)
26th July - 1st round of MA Contracts [Offered / Announced]
(between 9 and 13 contracts at MA discretion)
2nd August - Last day to [Accept / Decline] MA contract
(1st round contract offers)
27th July to 6th August - Second player Transfer Window
(for players who missed contract offers in 1st round and wish to transfer to another MA for 2nd round contract ranking).
9th August - 2nd round of MA Contracts [Offered / Announced]
(to bring all MA's up to 14 contracted players)
16th August - Last day to [Accept / Decline] MA contract
(2nd round contract offers)
Fascist Dictator of the Heath Davis Appreciation Society
Supporting Petone's Finest since the very start - Iain O'Brien
Adam Wheater - Another batsman off the Essex production line
Also Supporting the All Time #1 Batsman of All Time Ever - Jacques Kallis and the much maligned Peter Siddle.
Vimes tells it how it is:
http://arntrnassets.mediaspanonline....52428502_0.mp3 (44 MB)
40-minute retrospective on the 2002 Pakistan bomb blast (warning you that it's a Radio Sport production, can't vouch for it personally yet).
Contracts announced: New Zealand Cricket Contracts List Includes Six... | Stuff.co.nz
I'm guessing the pecking order is something like: McCullum, Taylor, Southee, Williamson, Boult, Guptill, Mills, NcCullum, Ruds, Watling, Wagner, McC, Brownlie, Fulton, Dougeh, Anderson, Bartin, Elliot, Latham, Munro
Millmow's mail was bang on tbf, so Bartin's No. 20 you'd think. 'Latham, Anderson, Munro, Elliott, Bartin' was the order he chose.
It is the work of coach Mike Hesson and this year, like every other, there are contentious calls. As captain, Brendon McCullum is top dog on $181,425 and Bruce Martin is understood to have nabbed No 20, worth $73,000.
Yeah, that's probably accurate. From Dougeh down, it's a bit difficult to pick as they're all fringe players who could drop out of the reckoning at very short notice.
Really goes to show that there's big opportunities for vary rapid advancement in earning potential if you hit form at the right time. Six months ago, Mitch McC would've been earning barely enough from the NZC to live in a student scuzz-pit. Now he's likely to be cracking 150k+ if he can stay fit and keep taking wickets.
Given Vettori's continual absence and the lack of any other better alternatives, I think Brucey deserves to be in the 20. Munro and Elliott I'm less convinced about. Latham and Anderson are in there based on potential as much as anything, I guess.
When you have 20 contracts you're always going to have 5 or so guys who get in by the skin of their teeth.
I'm torn as to whether the 20 contract system is good because it allows NZ to contract as many players as possible through both the national and provincial teams, or whether we should trim them down so the best players get paid a good living.
I guess how the relationship between NZC and the IPL pans out could answer it. If there is continual scheduling conflict NZC might need to up their pay so players don't get tempted, but if we keep a window open we can freeride a bit of income for some of our players and pay the rest a bit more, especially the test specialists.
Yeah I wouldn't mind seeing 16-20 chosen solely on the likelihood of Test play within the next 24 months. Get Milne feeling like a full professional. If Munners swags a $3000 here or $2000 there in match fees that's fine. If he starts ringing counties (hoping they just look him up on Cricinfo rather than CW and Youtube) that's fine too.
Anyway, NZC claims sweet revenge on Siddons for the big talk and **** output.
Ronchi, Franklin, Arnel, Ryder, Gillespie, Papps, Jeets,
Murdoch(to Otago possibly), McKay, Woodcock, Boam, Brodie, Tugaga, Houghton, Friday (Pollard, Blundell, Hutchinson, Orton etc.).
If Wellington try to fit all the safe names in the team this year they're going to get done. Their squad is unbalanced because they try to fit in all 10000 middle order allrounders and injury prone seamers.
I'm also looking forward to CD announcing they've added to their cupboard of imported young bowlers in the contracts, to take them up to owning 90% of all bowlers under 25 years of age. Because when you already have a good home grown stock the best thing you can do is steal everyone elses so they can't hit Carl Cachopa in the head.
Who would be keenest to pick up which All Star though. Not sure MAs would be turning to their Howsie constituents and saying 'bet you're thrilled we pulled off a bit of a coup with Woodcock, what a snare'.
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