New Zealand Cricket Board has taken a big decision. Actually, the board has released veteran Kiwi batsman Martin Guptill from the central contract. He has become the third Kiwi player to be released from a central contract after Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme.
After being released from the central contract, now Martin Guptill will be able to participate in franchise cricket happening around the world. Guptill himself had offered to be released from New Zealand Cricket Bowl.
Martin Guptill released from the central contract
Releasing Guptill, the New Zealand Cricket Board said in its statement that 'after talks with the New Zealand Cricket Board, Martin has agreed to take Guptill out of the central contract'. Now after this decision of the board, he will be available for selection in the New Zealand team, but first priority will be given to those players who have central or domestic contracts.
Guptill gave a big statement
After being released from the same central contract, Martin Guptill said 'playing for my country has been a matter of great pride for me. I am grateful to the New Zealand team and the Cricket Board for their support. I have taken this decision very carefully. Even after being released from the contract, I will be available to play for New Zealand. I will get a chance to spend more time with my family which is very important for me.
Didn't get a chance to play in T20 World Cup
Let us tell you that this veteran explosive batsman of New Zealand did not get a chance to play a single match in the ICC T20 World Cup. He was a part of the team but he was not given a place in the playing eleven. At the same time, Guptill was dropped from the team from the recently concluded India vs New Zealand T20 series.