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Williamson steps down as New Zealand captain following T20 World Cup exit

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has stepped down from his role following the nation’s early T20 World Cup exit.

The 33-year-old has also opted out of a national contract for the 2024-25 season.

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It marks the end of an era for New Zealand who made the final in the 2021 edition of the tournament and the semi-finals in the three editions before that.

Williamson will continue to play in all three cricket formats for New Zealand, but has taken up a contract outside of the country.

He said: “Pursuing an overseas opportunity during the New Zealand summer means I’m unable to accept a central contract offer.

“Playing for New Zealand is something I treasure, and my desire to give back to the team remains undiminished.

“My life outside cricket has changed however — spending more time with my family and enjoying experiences with them at home or abroad is something that’s even more important to me.”

Williamson will likely be heading to a T20 franchise league and is taking more of a backseat role as New Zealand start their preparations for the 2026 World Cup in Sri Lanka and India.

Williamson’s decision to opt out of a national contract will not hurt his future chances for selection for the Black Caps, according to CEO Scott Weenink.

He said: “We’re happy to make an exception for our greatest ever batter — especially as he remains so committed to the team.

“This is a good way to help keep Kane in the international game so that he continues to play a major role for the Black Caps — both now and in the years to come.”

Mitch Fretton
Mitch Fretton
Mitch is a freelance sports journalist with experience working for LiveScore, GOAL and Colchester United. He has experience working from both his desk at home and in the press box at games covering the Champions League and international football.
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