Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has turned down a New Zealand Cricket (NZC) central contract as he continues to battle against an Achilles injury.
Facing a spell of anything between three to six months on the sidelines following surgery, the 34-year-old left-arm spinner feels it would be inappropriate to take up a contract with either New Zealand, or his domestic side, Northern Districts.
"I am very focussed on my recovery from my recent surgery and will be working hard to get back onto the playing field over the next six-month period," Vettori said.
"However, I feel that with my present injury situation it would be wrong for me to take a retainer contract. Given the time I’ll need to spend out of the game with my recovery, and the level of uncertainty about when I may play again, it doesn’t feel right that I take up a retainer contract this year.
"I will now focus on my rehabilitation in the coming months, with the overall goal of making a return to the cricket field during the summer months. Hopefully it goes well.“
NZC Chief Executive David White added: "In the ICC Champions Trophy Dan showed the immense value that he still brings to the BLACKCAPS side.
"Unfortunately Dan has indicated he’s in a position where he feels uncomfortable taking a contract this season, as he builds towards making a return to the cricket field. As always, Dan has made his decision in the best interests of New Zealand Cricket and we appreciate his honesty and up-front approach.
"There’s no doubting Dan’s hunger to continue competing, and we hope to see him back playing for the BLACKCAPS again when the time is right."
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