Daniel Vettori has made himself unavailable for a New Zealand Cricket contract.
The 34-year-old today announced he has chosen to make himself unavailable for both an NZC retainer and a Northern Districts one for the 2013-2014 season.
New Zealand's second highest test wicket taker recently had surgery on his Achilles and will require between three and six months rehabilitation before he knows if he'll be in a position to return to full fitness.
An NZC statement said after his recovery Vettori would make a decision on his playing future.
The statement said Vettori though it ''inappropriate to take a retainer contract''.
"I am very focussed 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.
"However, I feel that with my present injury situation it would be wrong for me to take a retainer contract. 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.''
NZC boss David White 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."
Vettori is to front a press conference at 1pm today in Auckland.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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