“It was agreed Guptill’s request for a release should be accepted, effective immediately,” says NZC
Martin Guptill has been released from his central contract, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) announced on Wednesday while this is the third case of a New Zealand player requesting a release this year, the first two being that of Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme.
Martin Guptill has been released from his central contract, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) announced on Wednesday (November 23). The request was made by the cricketer, now 36, so that he can “pursue playing opportunities elsewhere” according to the board.
“Following discussions with NZC, it was agreed Guptill’s request for a release should be accepted, effective immediately,”NZC announced in a release.
“For its part, NZC has made it clear to him that, while he would remain eligible for selection, preference would continue to be given to those players with central or domestic contracts.”
This is the third case of a New Zealand player requesting a release this year, the first two being that of Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme.
“Playing for my country has been a massive honor, and I’m grateful to everyone within the BLACKCAPS and NZC for their support,”Guptill said.
“But, equally, I’m realistic enough to understand the need to consider my options in the current circumstances.
“With this release, I’m still available for New Zealand, I have the chance to explore other opportunities, and I also get to spend more time with my family – which is important.”
A replacement for Guptill for the central contract will be named soon, NZC said.
“We understand Martin’s position,”
“He’s been a fantastic batsman for us for a long period, and we certainly don’t wish to stand in his way as he explores other opportunities.
“Martin’s been a giant of the white ball game, a committed and well-respected member of the BLACKCAPS, and has earned the right to play out his career on his terms. He leaves his contract with our best wishes.
“Players such as Martin, Trent, and Colin, with long and successful international track records, inevitably end up with alternative playing options at this stage of their careers, and we respect that.
“It’s just part of the natural ebb and flow of individual careers within a team sport.”