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.