Vettori turns down his Kiwi contract

cricket: Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has opted not to take a retainer contract for the 2013-14 season after undergoing Achilles surgery.

Vettori has not made a Test appearance for nearly a year but did make his comeback from a two-and-a-half-year absence from one-day internationals in the recent Champions Trophy.

After the tournament in England the 34-year-old underwent an operation on his Achilles and has told New Zealand Cricket (NZC) and the Northern Knights he will re-evaluate his situation once his rehabilitation is complete.

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“I am very focused 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 in a statement released by NZC.

“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 said: “In the ICC Champions Trophy Dan showed the immense value that he still brings to the Black Caps 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 Black Caps again when the time is right.”