star pacer Trent Boult turned down a central contract ahead of the T20 World Cup a couple of months ago. Even though he got a chance to play in the World Cup, he lost his place in the team after the World Cup. This time opener Martin Guptill also walked that way.
Guptill lost his place in the main XI earlier, later saying 'no' to the central deal. He has come out of the contract in his own interest. Guptill's future was also under threat as he did not get a place in the India
series team. So he himself is now giving up hope of the national team.
"Playing for my country has been a massive honour, and I'm grateful to everyone within the Blackcaps and NZC for their support," Guptill said. "But, equally, I'm realistic enough to understand the need to consider my options in the current circumstances.
"With this release, I'm still available for New Zealand, I have the chance to explore other opportunities, and I also get to spend more time with my family - which is important."
Cricketers do not need permission to play in various leagues around the world unless they are under contract. Both Boult and Guptill are in high demand in franchise leagues.
Guptill has played 47 Tests, 198 ODIs, and 122 T20Is for the New Zealand national team. He is the country's highest run-scorer in the T20I format and the third-highest run-scorer in ODIs.
Despite being in the squad for the last T20 World Cup, Guptill did not get a chance to play any matches. The team relied on Finn Allen for top-order stability. With Guptill missing out on the India series, it became clear that the Kiwi selectors were no longer thinking about the 35-year-old Guptill.
"We understand Martin's position," NZC chief executive David White said. "He's been a fantastic batsman for us for a long period of time, and we certainly don't wish to stand in his way as he explores other opportunities.
"Martin's been a giant of the white ball game, a committed and well-respected member of the Blackcaps, and has earned the right to play out his career on his own terms. He leaves his contract with our best wishes."