Oram ends NZ contract for T20 future

22 December 2012 07:22:55 EST

Jacob Oram's participation in the limited-overs series against England in February is in jeopardy after he requested a release from his playing agreement with New Zealand.

The 34-year-old says he can no longer commit full-time to playing for the Black Caps and will concentrate on Twenty20 postings around the world, in addition to his obligations with Central Districts.

I really enjoy the Twenty20 format and see it as a way to stay involved in cricket for a while longer.

Jacob Oram

"This was a very difficult decision, but in recent weeks I have come to the conclusion that I can no longer make a full-time commitment to NZC," all-rounder Oram, a veteran of 160 one-day international caps, said.

"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.

"I really enjoy the Twenty20 format and see it as a way to stay involved in cricket for a while longer.

"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.

"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."

England face India in five one-day internationals in the New Year before heading to New Zealand in February for three Twenty20 matches, three 50-over contests and three Tests.

The Black Caps are 1212/1 to win the World Twenty20 in 2014 and 2/1 to triumph at the World Cup in 2015.

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