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Southee: Landscape of cricket has changed



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New Zealand pacer Tim Southee feels the variety of T20 leagues around the world has entirely changed the landscape of cricket as more and more players are quitting their national contracts.

Three New Zealand cricketers, Trent Boult, Martin Guptill and Jimmy Neesham have given up their central contracts to play in different franchise leagues.

"It has been an interesting last few months where the landscape of cricket has changed, quicker than most thought," Southee said.

"I am contracted to New Zealand Cricket at the moment and I've been back to the IPL (Indian Premier League) this year and we'll see what happens over the coming years. But it's definitely changing the landscape of cricket to what it was two-three years ago,"

Southee remained non-committal about the possibility of following the footsteps of his teammates and stepping away from his national contracts.

"I haven't looked too far ahead, to be honest. There's enough cricket to come in the coming months to worry about before having to look too far ahead. But it's something all players are trying to stay with and think about in the moving landscape of the game," he added.