'He's exploring other options while still being available' - Kane Williamson denies Martin Guptill's retirement talks
Guptill is in line for a BBL deal with the new season starting in December.
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Veteran Kiwi opening batter Martin Guptill became the latest cricketer to turn down a central contract from New Zealand Cricket to prioritize global domestic competitions. The decision came in the aftermath of his omission from the T20I and ODI series against India. Even though the future seems uncertain for Guptill, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has commended his fellow Kiwi for being an invaluable asset to the team.
Although Martin Guptill has been released by NZC after he turned down a central contract. Kane Williamson stated that the opener has not retired from international cricket and will be available to play for the Kiwis, much like James Neesham, who also turned down a central contract earlier this year.
"Guptill hasn't retired. He is looking at playing some other tournaments while still being available, but as I say, it's balancing that moving forward. He's still very motivated to keep playing and getting better. And I think that's important for all players, even though he has played such a long, amazing career. He has made a decision to explore a few other options. But as a player and as an experienced member of the group, he has added so much value over the years and has been one of our best white-ball players ever," Williamson said ahead of the first ODI against India.
'He's been fantastic in so many areas of the environment' - Williamson on Guptill's contributions
New Zealand were knocked out of the recently concluded T20 World Cup at the semi-final stage of the competition and even though Guptill was in the squad, he was seen warming the benches as the Blackcaps gave preference to young dasher Finn Allem. Williamson commended the veteran batter's professionalism despite not featuring in any of the matches.
"Without getting a playing opportunity, he was outstanding and offering to all the players in the group. So, he's been fantastic in so many areas of the environment. Absolutely, he will be missed, but like I say he's not retired. So there's a lot to keep working through over the next period to get a real feel for how the picture looks," the Kiwi added.