Martin Guptill released from NZC central contract

Martin Guptill has been released from his central contract, New Zealand Cricket confirmed on Wednesday, November 23. The request was put forth by the opener, now 36, so that he can look for playing opportunities elsewhere, according to the board’s official statement.

This is the third instance of a New Zealand cricketer asking for a release this year, the first two being that of left-arm pacer Trent Boult and all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme. Guptill has clarified that he is not retiring from T20Is and wishes to be considered for selection when he’s available.