New Zealand news July 5, 2013

Vettori turns down NZC contract

ESPNcricinfo staff

Daniel Vettori's playing future is unclear after he decided not to take up a New Zealand Cricket contract this year due to uncertainty over his recovery from injury. Vettori said he intended to work hard to return to playing over the next six months, following surgery on his Achilles tendon, but the doubt about when he would regain full fitness led him to take himself out of the mix for either an NZC contract or a deal with Northern Districts.

Vettori, 34, had surgery following the recent Champions Trophy, at which he made his comeback to one-day internationals for the first time in nearly two and a half years. He has not played Test cricket for nearly a year, since the series in the West Indies last July, and although he hopes to add to his 112 Test appearances and 360 wickets, his playing future will only be determined after his recovery from surgery is complete.

"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. "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.

"I'm really hopeful the surgery is the final effort to get it right, and speaking to the surgeon, he's pretty confident he could get it right," Vettori said. "He's dealt with similar sorts of injury in the past and had guys come back to full sporting activity, so let's just hope it works.

"I suppose it's been a real grind the last 18 months with the injury and in a lot of ways it has probably diminished some of the appetite to do a lot of things but I think that's purely down to the injury so ... if I can get this injury right, who knows. This has been unlike anything else I've had to deal with in the past. I just want to get it right then the future will crystallise after that."

David White, the NZC chief executive, 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."

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  • Muthuvel on July 6, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    What a man a and what a cricketer ! # Respect. Ps: He will make times this money in IPL once he is back to fitness...its better that some young lad makes this cash now..

  • shadab on July 6, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    this is what you call a selfless act. in such days where cricketers are willing to sacrifice anything for money vettori is a real gentleman. i would really like to see him playing test cricket for new zealand again

  • Dummy4 on July 6, 2013, 4:22 GMT

    I hope this guy is the next coach of NZ! A legend of NZ cricket, deserved to win more! I hope he comes back and helps NZ to a WC victory in 2015

  • ADARSH on July 5, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    Best of Luck. God bless you and we pray for your fast recovery :)

  • Suman on July 5, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    a real selfless act from a class player.

  • Dummy4 on July 5, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    Class act. $100K isn't much to him at this point but it means a lot to others trying to make it in the game.

  • Tim on July 5, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    A sensible & typically selfless decision which puts NZC first & allows Dan the chance to make what I hope will be a full recovery. The comments already made say it all - a true sportsman & a real gentleman who is much missed by his many fans all over the cricket world. Good luck with the recovery, Dan! Hope to see you back where you belong soon!!

  • Balaji on July 5, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    In the last 3 odd years, Vettori seems to have missed more matches than he has played; maybe the body is no longer as willing. Wish you luck, Harry Potter lookalike, hope the rest of your career and life is injury-free.

  • Sam on July 5, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    People talk about playing cricket in the spirit of the game. This man embodies it on and off the field.

  • Dummy4 on July 5, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    Class act. $100K isn't much to him at this point but it means a lot to others trying to make it in the game.