New Zealand news December 22, 2012

Jacob Oram released from New Zealand contract

ESPNcricinfo staff

Allrounder Jacob Oram has been released early from his central contract by New Zealand Cricket (NZC) after an agreement was reached by both parties. Oram said he could no longer make "a full-time commitment to NZC" and would continue playing Twenty20 cricket for Central Districts and in various competitions around the world.

"Various factors have led me to make this decision including my age, the stage of my career and the impending birth of my second child," Oram said. "I really enjoy the Twenty20 format and see it as a way to stay involved in cricket for a while longer." 

"I have loved every minute I have been fortunate enough to play for my country but the time has come for me to prioritise other areas of my life. Fortunately as a professional cricketer I can continue to play some T20 cricket as I transition into the next phase of my life. If the timing was right, and my form and fitness warranted selection, then I would definitely be available to play T20 cricket for my country but I have absolutely no expectations of NZC in that regard."

Oram last played for New Zealand as recently as their tour of Sri Lanka in October and November, appearing in one ODI and the only Twenty20 international.

NZC chief executive David White said the board respected Oram's wishes and appreciated his situation. "A NZC Playing Agreement has significant obligations on players and requires a full-time commitment and focus on playing for New Zealand. Form and fitness permitting, the selectors may well consider him for matches or events in the future. However, that said, it is appropriate for me to thank Jacob for his excellent contribution to New Zealand Cricket over the past 12 years."

Oram made his ODI debut for New Zealand in January 2001 and played his first Test the following year. During a career frequently interrupted by injury, Oram played 160 ODIs, 33 Tests and 36 Twenty20s.

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  • Dummy4 on December 23, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    Oram; the cricketer we all love to hate... did his part for NZ cricket, injury prone and could have been used better. Another loss for NZ cricket.

  • Dummy4 on December 23, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    he is a great player. Want to see him playing more cricket. Wonderful bowler & a great batsman. Want to see him in the IPL. Love to see him on the park. Big loss for NZC.

  • Alan on December 23, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    Great news, one of the softest players ever to play for NZ. Bowled like he didn't want to wake the baby, took forever to get going when he batted and could write a book called 1001 excuses not to play. Had potential but a pea sized heart. No loss here

  • Simon on December 23, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    If any of you watched his incredible century at Lord's in 2008 live, as I was lucky enough to do, you would realise what a talent Big Jake is. Injuries have wrecked his career, and he has underperformed at times (as have the rest of the NZ team), but the constant attacks on him seem a little excessive. Especially as James Franklin seems somehow immune to criticism, despite being only 1/10th the cricketer Oram is!

  • Kevin on December 23, 2012, 0:41 GMT

    He has turned in some memorable bowling performances for NZ, pity his batting didn't live up to the potential. But on his day he could hit the ball a long way! Since Tim Southee scored 150 odd in a first class match recently, then promptly got injured, he must be the heir apparent.

  • Ken on December 22, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    I struggle to understand these haters given Oram's current ICC bowler ranking as 17th in the world. It's easy to forget that he's now a bowler who can bat. It's hard to "over-rate" a player because the stats don't tend to lie. He seems an integral part of the team as a senior player and these "promising prospects" everyone mentions would have taken his place a long time ago if they ever existed. Look at what's happening in SA at the moment.

  • Ramakrishnan on December 22, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    Jacob Oram - most over-rated player ever to play for NZ. NZC should have taken this decision much earlier and offered the slot to some promising prospect who could have by this time contributed enough to remain in the team.

  • dave on December 22, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    Only 5 years corza! He has milked enough from NZC now it seems to go it alone. He appears to play well on overseas contracts but has hardly fired a shot for NZ in a decade. Oram is the best argument for performance contracts - he gets paid if he plays, performs or not and who will replace him anyway.

  • Corey on December 22, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    Thanks, been waiting for this for the past 5 years

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