Vettori hints at retirement if he is not fit for West Indies tour

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“Mike and Brendon made it clear that if I play for New Zealand again I’ve got to deliver in all three facets of the game, which is completely fair”

New Zealand all-rounder has hinted that he may consider retiring from international cricket if he is not fully fit by the time the national team tour the West Indies in May.

Vettori has set the West Indies tour as a deadline for himself since he knows that if he does not play, then it is highly unlikely that he will get selected to represent New Zealand in the 2015 World Cup.

“To be fair to everyone at NZ Cricket, I sense from speaking to Hess that they need me to be proving my fitness around the West Indies tour, that’s when they really want to get on and press for the World Cup,” Vettori was quoted as saying by Fairfax NZ News.

The New Zealand Herald quoted Vettori as saying: “Mike and Brendon made it clear that if I play for New Zealand again I’ve got to deliver in all three facets of the game, which is completely fair. I can’t just bowl 24 balls, and then expect to be hidden in the outfield [during the World T20].

“I’ve also got to consider the deal I’ve signed to coach RCB [Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL], which could require me to be there three weeks early. That might create a difficult situation regarding the World Cup.”

New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson confirmed that Vettori will have to be fully fit if he to be considered for selection.

“There’s plenty of water to pass under the bridge,” Hesson said. “But the key is we’re very keen for Dan to still be available for the Black Caps and Dan is still really keen to play. That’s the priority. We’re going to have to be pretty rigorous in terms of what we see from him, and whether we’re going to select him [for the West Indies tour]. Hopefully he can play some cricket before the end of the season.”

However, things are looking grim for the 35-year-old since he is currently struggling to recover from a back injury he sustained during the Big Bash League (BBL).

“It was a little bit worse than the past,” Vettori said when asked about the severity of the injury. “Running around was difficult. I’ll just rest up and try and get that ready. If I can then that’s great, and if I can’t then the writing is probably on the wall.

“It’s all about bowling and because I haven’t done that for a couple of weeks it’s hard to know. I don’t want to just sit back in February with no cricket for a little while, and just give it away. If I can work reasonably hard and try to push towards it [an international return], then who knows.”

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