New Zealand all-rounder James Neesham has finally decided to leave Wellington Firebirds after enjoying a successful stint of four years with the club in an amicable mutual decision. The star all-rounder was a part of the Otago club for a period of seven years before he joined Wellington in the 2018-19 season. Now the all-rounder is planning to seek an opportunity with Auckland.
“Having done seven years at Otago and now four years at Wellington, it’s now come to the point where I am sort of looking for a bit more settled summer at home, I guess, and returning to Auckland is what makes the sense for that,” Neesham said.
“We’ve had a lot of conversations with Wellington over the last three or four weeks, going around making it work and in the end, it sort of became apparent to all of us that it was a bit too hard.
“I have had discussions with the (Auckland) Aces as well around being involved with their squad in a sort of training capacity. The season is still a long, long way off so what that means in a playing aspect is a little bit unclear but we will be having those discussions moving forward with respect to trying to represent New Zealand as much as I can with my base in Auckland.”
James Neesham who was excluded from the New Zealand Contract list for the 2022-2023 season has reaffirmed his commitment to New Zeaalnd Cricket stating that playing white-ball cricket for the National team is still his priority.
“My main priority is still playing for New Zealand,” Neesham said. “Obviously there have been a couple of people in the past that have slipped off the radar after making a decision like this. I just wanted to be very clear with New Zealand cricket with my communication as well around with that being my priority.”
A Glimpse of James Neesham’s Accomplishments
James Neesham has been a pivotal part of Wellington’s success during his four-year stint with the club. He led the Firebirds to their first Ford Trophy win during the 2018-2019 season by scoring 503 runs in 12 matches at an average of 62.87 and taking 13 wickets.
He guided Wellington to fur domestic title wins across three crucial competitions- Ford Trophy in 2018-19, Plunket Shield in 2019, and back-to-back Super Smash titles in 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons. He also revived his International career by grabbing a New Zealand contract and playing vital roles in the 2019 ODI World Cup, and the 2021 T20 World Cup. New Zealand made it to the final of both tournaments.
Neesham is currently playing for Northamptonshire in the T20 Vitality Blast. He was also part of the Rajasthan Royals side that reached the final of IPL 2022. He also put his name forward for the wildcard draft at the Hundred 2022 competition.
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