Oram was no longer fully committed to representing New Zealand

New Zealand all-rounder Jacob Oram has been released from his central contract after he and New Zealand Cricket (NZC) both reached an agreement.

Oram noted that he could no longer have “a full-time commitment to NZC” and added that he would continue playing Twenty20 cricket for Central Districts and in various other tournaments around the world.

“Various factors have led me to make this decision including my age, the stage of my career and the impending birth of my second child,” Oram said. “I really enjoy the Twenty20 format and see it as a way to stay involved in cricket for a while longer.”

Oram also hinted that being released by NZC could spell the end of his illustrious international career.

“I have loved every minute I have been fortunate enough to play for my country but the time has come for me to prioritise other areas of my life,” Oram said. “Fortunately as a professional cricketer I can continue to play some T20 cricket as I transition into the next phase of my life.

“If the timing was right, and my form and fitness warranted selection, then I would definitely be available to play T20 cricket for my country but I have absolutely no expectations of NZC in that regard.”

The big all-rounder last represented New Zealand during their tour of Sri Lanka in October to November last year, where he played in one ODI and the one-off Twenty20 International.

NZC chief executive David White stated that he respected Oram’s decision to opt out of his contract and wished him all the best in the future.

“A NZC Playing Agreement has significant obligations on players and requires a full-time commitment and focus on playing for New Zealand,” White said. “Form and fitness permitting, the selectors may well consider him for matches or events in the future. However, that said, it is appropriate for me to thank Jacob for his excellent contribution to New Zealand Cricket over the past 12 years.”

Oram made his ODI debut for New Zealand in January 2001 and played his maiden Test the following year.

All in all, Oram, whose career has been marred with numerous injuries, has played 160 ODIs, 33 Tests and 36 Twenty20 Internationals.

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