NZC accepted Martin Guptill's release request

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NZC accepted Martin Guptill's release request

Martin Guptill has requested to terminate his contract, and will no longer be a part of the team. New Zealand Cricket spoke about the details in a statement. "Following discussions with NZC, it was agreed Guptill's request for a release should be accepted, effective immediately," NZC announced in a release, as quoted by

"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." Guptill is grateful to New Zealand for the opportunities he has had but seems to have made a decision that is best for him.

Guptill will now look for happiness elsewhere, but he will still be available to the team. "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."

David White on Guptill's decision

NZC chief executive David White is aware of the players' decision and has accepted it as an option.

Players have the freedom to make decisions, even if sometimes that decision carries certain consequences. That's what Guptill decided and they have to accept it. "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. "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 team sport." New Zealand will continue to build a team and try to achieve all the set goals. They have a strong team that is capable of many things. It will be easy to find a replacement.