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Northern Districts’ strong BOP contingent

Bharat Popli is back in the ND squad. Photo: Bruce Barnard.

Northern Districts have confirmed their men’s domestic contracts for the 2021-22 season.

The selection includes a number of players from the Bay of Plenty, including some of New Zealand’s recent world Test Championship winning side.

The 16 contracted domestic players include three former Tauranga Boys’ College students in Joe Carter, Brett Hampton and Bharat Popli whilst Papamoa-based Brett Randell is also in the squad.

Popli returns to the Northern Districts side after a successful season with Central Indians.

The rest of the contracted players include Peter Bocock, Katene Clarke, Kristian Clarke, Henry Cooper, Matthew Fisher, Zak Gibson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Jeet Raval, Tim Seifert, Freddy Walker, Joe Walker and Anurag Verma.

Trent Boult and Kane Williamson have both been included as well as Bay of Plenty adoptees Neil Wagner and Colin De Grandhomme, originally from South Africa and Zimbabwe respectively.

They form part of the Blackcaps contracted players alongside Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi and Tim Southee.

Northern Districts, representing Northland, Counties Manukau, Waikato Valley, Bay of Plenty and Poverty Bay districts, play their home games at Hamilton’s Seddon Park with some Super Smash games set to be hosted at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.

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