New Zealand Cricket have agreed to release veteran batsman Martin Guptill from his central contract to pursue opportunities to play overseas.
Guptill, 36, has been a stalwart of New Zealand’s white ball teams for 13 years but has recently fallen out of favor with national coaches and been replaced by young flyhalf Finn Allen.
Guptill is New Zealand’s top scorer in Twenty20 internationals with over 3,500 carries and is third in one-day internationals with 7,346 carries. But he did not feature in the recent T20 World Cup in Australia and was left out of the Black Caps squad for the T20 series against India which ended on Tuesday.
Guptill requested and was granted a release from his contract, effective immediately.
“We understand Martin’s position,” NZC chief executive David White said on Wednesday.
“He’s been a fantastic batsman for us for a long time and we certainly don’t want to stand in the way of him as he explores other opportunities.
“Martin was a giant white ball gamer, a committed and highly respected member of the Black Caps and earned the right to play out his career on his own terms.”
Guptill has indicated he still wants to play international cricket but that seems unlikely as selectors are required to give priority to contracted players.
Fast bowler Trent Boult was also recently released from his central contract. He played in the World Cup but was not selected for the Indian series.
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