White ball batsman Glenn Phillips and all-rounder Daryl Mitchell have been included for the first time on New Zealand Cricket’s list of centrally contracted players.
But Test spinner Ajaz Patel, who will leave next week with the New Zealand squad for England, has been dropped from the 20-strong list after only one year.
The list is compiled by New Zealand coach Gary Stead and selector Gavin Larsen, who rank players on performances in all three formats, with Tests receiving a double weighting.
Stead and Larsen also consider potential future performance and players receive a retainer based on their ranking.
Patel, a 32-year-old left-arm spinner, was disadvantaged because he was injured for most of the last domestic season.
Phillips had an outstanding season in Twenty20 internationals. He scored 366 runs in 12 innings…