ICC World Twenty20 2012 June 20, 2012

Vettori available for World Twenty20


Daniel Vettori has declared he will come out of Twenty20 international retirement and has made himself available for the ICC World T20 in Sri Lanka later this year. Vettori has not played a T20 international in more than two years and retired from the format in March 2011, although he continued to play T20 domestically at home and overseas.

At the time, Vettori said he was taking a break from one-day internationals but might return, although he said he had definitely played his last T20 international. His change of heart has come with the World T20 only three months away, and one of the major attractions is that it will be played in spin-friendly conditions in Sri Lanka.

"Dan was the number one ranked Twenty20 bowler in 2009 and is widely regarded as one of the best Twenty20 exponents in world cricket," David White, the New Zealand Cricket chief executive said. "His availability is a real boost for the Black Caps with his style of bowling well suited to conditions in Sri Lanka."

Vettori has played 28 T20 internationals, the last of which came against Sri Lanka in Florida in May 2010. He has competed in all three ICC World T20 tournaments so far, and is seventh on the all-time wicket tally in World T20s, with Shahid Afridi and Saeed Ajmal the only spinners to have taken more wickets than his 18 at 16.05

"Twenty20 is a format Dan enjoys and the opportunity to be part of a team which competes at a world event is enticing for him," Kim Littlejohn, the NZC national selection manager said. "He has been encouraged by his team-mates, coaching staff and others at NZC and we are thrilled to have him in the mix. He will offer a lot to the side."

New Zealand's preliminary squad for the World T20 will be named on July 18. The tournament begins on September 18 and New Zealand have been drawn in a group with Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on June 21, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    It's nice to read Vettori has decided to return to this format of the game because I could not understand his retirement from the international version but was playing in the IPL and domestically. He still has a lot to offer the Kiwis and will be quite an influence to his team. He's a player I have always liked.

  • Roo on June 21, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    Can't see why Dan cannot be a v.g. player for the next T20WC... He is only 33 but has had a heavy workload over the last 15 years, so cutting down on his workload made/makes sense... Has good stats for NZ & a handy batter at times... 2 good spinnners seems the way to go for T20 & SL grounds aren't big, so taking the pace of the ball is important as is breaking up the style of bowling... As for not being in recent T20's, well Oz have gone for Brad Hogg for this WC, so maybe Dan has another 2 more WC's in him after this one?...

  • Dummy4 on June 20, 2012, 22:30 GMT

    I don't why everybody is surprised about this as EVERYBODY knew he was going to come back for the world cup, we might even see him play the 50 over world cup in 2015 as it's in NZ/Aus.

  • Nadeem on June 20, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    good for new zealand, vitorie in srilankan conditions can be very handy bowler. Nothing wrong to come out of retirement for playing World cup. Every player dreams to win Worldcup in their career. Vitorrie is best ever NZ spinner and deserve last chance to go for WC dream.

  • Indian on June 20, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    Bad News For Pakistan Now Vettori Will Beat Pakistan in Group stage of t20 Wc

  • Baba on June 20, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    its a goodnews for cricket lovers coz Dan is a world class players... surly he has got lot to offer to cricket and to cricket lovers... but the way he retire and wants to come bace does not suit him and stature... he a great player and gentleman he has to live upto his reputation... anyways goodluck Dan.

  • kwaish on June 20, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    he is trying to figure out the T20 format, so that bangalore RCB will take him back inside the team. inspite of messing up the teams chances..

  • Arun on June 20, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    I bet Vettori is quite uncertain about his future. This decision clearly shows a sense of insecurity.

  • Dummy4 on June 20, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    Can someone remind Dan that its not IPL...but ICC T20....Money will not be same

  • Rakesh on June 20, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    Vettori did a Afridi, Mohd Yousuf etc here :). @Kavindeven - I doubt that but who knows. If BCCI start paying for each format seperately we might see him back.

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