ICC World Twenty20 2012 June 20, 2012

Vettori available for World Twenty20

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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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  • 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.

  • zenboomerang 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?...

  • 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.

  • Nadeem1976 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.

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

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

  • B.Moizuddin.Gouhar 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..

  • arunrg on June 20, 2012, 13:21 GMT

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

  • on June 20, 2012, 13:05 GMT

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

  • Haleos 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.

  • 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.

  • zenboomerang 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?...

  • 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.

  • Nadeem1976 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.

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

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

  • B.Moizuddin.Gouhar 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..

  • arunrg on June 20, 2012, 13:21 GMT

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

  • on June 20, 2012, 13:05 GMT

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

  • Haleos 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.

  • anver777 on June 20, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    Welcome Back !!!! good to see Vettori still has that passion for T20 cricket !!!!

  • BackfootNossyfan on June 20, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    Great news. Dan the man and his frequent maiden overs will be useful.

  • SasiGladi on June 20, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    So we can expect KP to come back atleast for this world cup.....

  • on June 20, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    Good to see NZ allowing players to differentiate between ODI's and T20's, unlike England.

    KP has also made himself available for the T20 World Cup but England will not select him as he has retired from ODI's.

    I know it is more complicated than that (Vettori only said he was taking a break from ODI's), but it does seem the NZ board are a lot more flexible.

  • on June 20, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    that is really great news...

    well done Dan..

    east or west Dan is the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    really proud of this desicion Dan...

    wishing you all the very best from the bottom of my heart....

  • on June 20, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    I read comments that Vettori is a more useful limited overs resource than a test one! One must also take into consideration his role as a batsman in test cricket which has proven more useful in recent years! As a batsman alone, he'll get picked for the test team! The fact that he can bowl 40 overs every innings is an added bonus!

  • kiwicricketnut on June 20, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    Great news for nz, he retired from the wrong versions of the game he's a much better limited overs bowler than test bowler, good luck to him hopefully he changes his mind and comes back to the limited overs stuff till he really retires

  • Romenevans on June 20, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    I hope sachin is not reading this news....LOL!

  • satish619chandar on June 20, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    Good news for NZ but why is retirement made a joke these days? None would be surprised if KP makes a comeback into England team for shorter formats..

  • SirBobJones on June 20, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    That's good news for New Zealand.

  • skkh on June 20, 2012, 2:24 GMT

    Dan is doing what Shahid Afridi has done again and again

  • Meety on June 20, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    Big boost for NZ. Vettori has the stingiest economy rate going, his 4 overs usually have the effect of meaning the opposition have to take much more chances with the other bowlers.

  • BolwedNate on June 20, 2012, 1:28 GMT

    Will be great to see him back on the International T20 feild!!

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  • BolwedNate on June 20, 2012, 1:28 GMT

    Will be great to see him back on the International T20 feild!!

  • Meety on June 20, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    Big boost for NZ. Vettori has the stingiest economy rate going, his 4 overs usually have the effect of meaning the opposition have to take much more chances with the other bowlers.

  • skkh on June 20, 2012, 2:24 GMT

    Dan is doing what Shahid Afridi has done again and again

  • SirBobJones on June 20, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    That's good news for New Zealand.

  • satish619chandar on June 20, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    Good news for NZ but why is retirement made a joke these days? None would be surprised if KP makes a comeback into England team for shorter formats..

  • Romenevans on June 20, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    I hope sachin is not reading this news....LOL!

  • kiwicricketnut on June 20, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    Great news for nz, he retired from the wrong versions of the game he's a much better limited overs bowler than test bowler, good luck to him hopefully he changes his mind and comes back to the limited overs stuff till he really retires

  • on June 20, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    I read comments that Vettori is a more useful limited overs resource than a test one! One must also take into consideration his role as a batsman in test cricket which has proven more useful in recent years! As a batsman alone, he'll get picked for the test team! The fact that he can bowl 40 overs every innings is an added bonus!

  • on June 20, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    that is really great news...

    well done Dan..

    east or west Dan is the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    really proud of this desicion Dan...

    wishing you all the very best from the bottom of my heart....

  • on June 20, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    Good to see NZ allowing players to differentiate between ODI's and T20's, unlike England.

    KP has also made himself available for the T20 World Cup but England will not select him as he has retired from ODI's.

    I know it is more complicated than that (Vettori only said he was taking a break from ODI's), but it does seem the NZ board are a lot more flexible.