Martin Guptill released from New Zealand’s central contract

Meanwhile, the batter accepted the reality before him and said that he needs to consider his options in the current circumstances.

Ritesh PathakAuthor

Updated - 23 November 2022 10:39 AM

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Veteran New Zealand batter Martin Guptill has been released from New Zealand Cricket’s central contract; the board announced on Wednesday (23 November). Guptill has been an integral part of New Zealand’s white-ball squad for the past 14 years but with form and age not on his side, the board has decided to let go of Guptill’s services. 

The 36-year-old was a part of NZ’s T20 WC squad but did not get a single game with Finn Allen getting preference over the veteran batter. Guptill was then sidelined for the home T20I and ODI series against India which somehow indicated NZC’s plans. Now, the board has finally confirmed Guptill’s release from the central contract. 

In fact, Guptill requested the release so that he can look for other opportunities. However, the 36-year-old has not retired yet and would remain eligible for selection. But the board has made it clear that preference would continue to be given to those players with central or domestic contracts. 

“We understand Martin’s position,” said NZC Chief Executive David White. “He’s been a fantastic batsman for us for a long period of time, 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 own terms. He leaves his contract with our best wishes”, he further added.

Meanwhile, the batter accepted the reality before him and said that he needs to consider his options in the current circumstances. "Playing for my country has been a massive honour, 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."

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