Kiwi batter Martin Guptill has been released from his central contract by New Zealand Cricket to pursue other playing opportunities. He is the highest run-getter for the Kiwis in the shortest format of the game.
New Zealand Cricket Chief David White commented on this by saying they wouldn’t want to act as an obstacle to Guptill if he wanted to explore other playing opportunities. A quote from their official website stated:
“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 own terms. He leaves his contract with our best wishes.”
This year, he is the third player to let go of his contract after Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme. Guptill, on being released, said:
“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.”
“Playing for my country has been a massive honour” – Martin Guptill
He added, “Playing for my country has been a massive honour, and I’m grateful to everyone within the BLACKCAPS and NZC for their support. But, equally, I’m realistic enough to understand the need to consider my options in the current circumstances.”
Martin Guptill has been a crucial member of the Kiwi white ball setup and was part of the World Cup squad last year, where the Kiwis were runners-up. In this edition, even though he was in the squad, he didn’t play a single game. He was replaced at the top by the young hard-hitting batter, Finn Allen. He is even omitted from the white ball series against India.
A replacement has to be announced for his contract. He has scored 3531 runs in 122 T20IS at a strike rate of 135.7 and an average of 31.81, including 20 half-centuries and two centuries.