Colin Munro still in Blackcaps T20 World Cup plans despite NZ Cricket contract snub

New Zealand Cricket hopes swashbuckling batsman Colin Munro remains motivated ahead of this year's T20 World Cup, after missing out on a Blackcaps contract this season.

Munro, Jeet Raval and Todd Astle, who retired from red-ball cricket earlier in the year, are the glaring omissions from the 20 player list.

They make way for spinner Ajaz Patel, an international newbie and a youngster whose form was simply too good to turn down.

It's been a whirlwind six months for Auckland pace bowler Kyle Jamieson who was thrust onto the international scene last summer.

A few stellar performances with both bat and ball elevating the towering quick to a freshly minted New Zealand Cricket contract.

"It's something you chase for a long time to have that all in front of you is pretty special," Jamieson said on Friday.

Back to back Man of the Match performances against India earlier this year building a compelling case for Jamieson with chief selector Gavin Larsen labelling his form as 'irresistible'. 

The same can be said for South African born run machine Devon Conway, who has been offered a contract despite not being eligible to play for the Blackcaps until August.

"We think he's a special player," Larsen said.

"He's topped five of six domestic competitions in terms of runs scored -  you don't fluke that." 

Conway's versatility across all three formats sees him get the nod ahead of the likes of Jeet Raval and T20 specialist Colin Munro

"We very much hope that Colin continues to push forward with his game, especially with a T20 World cup this summer," Larsen noted.

Munro's snubbing doesn't rule him out of selection for the T20 showpiece, but it does open the possibility of him moving offshore to chase the riches of foreign short-form cricket competitions.

"We'd love to think Colin's still gonna be involved and pushing forward, he has the potential, I think, to play a really strong role and have an impact at the World Cup," Larsen said.