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Kieswetter wins ECB contract

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Craig Kieswetter

Craig Kieswetter has been awarded an ECB contract after becoming a fixture in England's one-day and Twenty20 side

The ECB has announced that Somerset wicketkeeper-batsman Craig Kieswetter, who was an ever-present in England’s victorious ICC World Twenty20 campaign, has been awarded an incremental contract for 2009-10.

The 22-year-old, who has graduated from the England Performance Programme and England Lions squads, qualifies for the award by virtue of having played three one-day internationals on the recent tour of Bangladesh and seven T20 internationals during the World Twenty20 in the Caribbean.

Non-contracted players can earn an England increment contract via a points system. Five points are awarded for a Test appearance and two for a T20 or ODI appearance, with an increment contract being awarded automatically once the player reaches 20 points during the 12-month contract period.

Hugh Morris, ECB managing director - England Cricket, said: “The selectors are delighted with the immediate impact Craig has made both in 50-over and T20 cricket and his excellent performances at the top of the order in the Caribbean were a key factor in England winning the ICC World T20 competition.”