Jess Kerr and wicket-keeper Natalie Dodd have been awarded the coveted central by New Zealand Cricket contract while previous holders in Rachel Priest and wicket-keeper Bernadine Bezuidenhout have missed out on the elusive deal.
NZC recently released the list of the central contract holders from the women’s cricket team or the 2020-21 season.
Commenting on the same, White Ferns’ coach Bob Carter said that Jess and Natalie getting awarded with contracts is a reflection of their reward for hard work and relentless perseverance.
“It”s an acknowledgment of hard work and perseverance from both Jess and Natalie, culminating in a fantastic opportunity ahead of them,” Bob Carter said as quoted by the Press Trust of India [PTI].
Jess Kerr and Natalie Dodd earn central contracts from the NZC for the 2020-21 season
Both players had earned a development contract in 2019-20 while Kerr was also a member of the Emerging Players Programm back in 2018.
“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,” he reckoned.
“I’m happy the majority of our group can remain stable as we look for continual improvement and application from our players. We have an experienced core of White Ferns and want to ensure our younger, less experienced players have the chance to learn from them over the next 12 months.” he added.
Natalie Dodd made her international debut as a teenager 10 years ago in 2010 while Jess Kerr recently featured in the ODI and WT20 series against South Africa just before the ICC T20 World Cup.
Both Dodd and Kerr now have a great opportunity as far as nailing down a permanent spot in the White Ferns first-choice playing XI is concerned with the 50-over World Cup set to take place next year on home soil.
New Zealand Women Players offered central contracts for 2020-21:
Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine, Natalie Dodd, Lauren Down, Katey Martin, Katie Perkins, Anna Peterson, Hannah Rowe, Amy Satterthwaite, Lea Tahuhu, Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Hayley Jensen, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Jess Kerr, Rosemary Mair