The players (listed alphabetically) are:
“Contracts are awarded to the 20 players who have the greatest likely future value to the BLACKCAPS in the next 12 months,” BLACKCAPS General Manager Lindsay Crocker said.
“Twenty-five players are ranked by the selectors against set criteria in respect of Test cricket and 25 players are ranked by the selectors against set criteria in respect of ODI cricket.
“There is a weighting of 1.25 for Test rankings and 1.00 for ODI rankings.
“The 20 players with the highest aggregate score are then offered NZC contracts.
“Daniel Flynn, Aaron Redmond, Jesse Ryder and Tim Southee have all been offered contracts for the first time.
“James Marshall returns to the list, while Craig Cumming, Mathew Sinclair, Michael Papps, Matthew Bell, Stephen Fleming (retired) are not contracted this year.
“Players who have missed out on contracts can play their way into the BLACKCAPS through domestic performances and can expect to pick up Major Association contracts,” he said.