Vettori comes out of retirement, eyes T20 WC

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Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 11:33 [IST]
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Vettori available for ICC World T20

Wellington, Jun 20: New Zealand's Daniel Vettori is all set to wear the national jersey and return to international T20 after announcing retirement from limited overs format last year in March. has made himself available for the Twenty20 World Cup to be played in Sri Lanka.

The veteran spinner, who announced his retirement from limited overs format last year has come out of Twenty20 international retirement, as Vettori's major attraction has been the venue hosting the Twenty20 World Cup, Sri Lanka which is known for its spinner-friendly tracks.

Talking about the 33 year old's move to play the Twenty20 World Cup which is scheduled to be played in the month of September in Sri Lanka, New Zealand Cricket's chief executive, David White pleased with the decision, felt his inclusion would boost the team's chances.

"Dan was the number one ranked Twenty20 bowler in 2009 and is widely regarded as one of the best Twenty20 exponents in world cricket," David White, the New Zealand Cricket chief executive said.

"His availability is a real boost for the Black Caps with his style of bowling well suited to conditions in Sri Lanka," he added.

Vettori, ranked as World's No 1 T20 bowler in 2009, placed seventh in the all-time wicket-tally in World T20s has played 28 T20 Internationals for New Zealand and 67 domestic matches including Indian Premier League, Australia's Big Bash and New Zealand Cricket's HRV Cup.

"Twenty20 is a format Dan enjoys and the opportunity to be part of a team which competes at a world event is enticing for him," Kim Littlejohn, the NZC national selection manager said.

"He has been encouraged by his team-mates, coaching staff and others at NZC and we are thrilled to have him in the mix. He will offer a lot to the side,"LIttlejohn added.


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