Bond's ICL desires terminates him from NZC contract

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Wellington, Jan 28 (UNI) Shane Bond's desire to play in the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) has resulted in his termination from the national contract by New Zealand Cricket (NZC).

However, NZC has not ruled out the possibility of the pacer coming back into the national side in future.

The board did consider Bond's request to release him in October but wanted him to fulfill his international commitments until his current agreement expired in May.

International Cricket Council (ICC) last year communicated to all it's affiliated boards to not to allow any contracted player from appearing in an unsanctioned event without it's consent.

''This is a difficult situation and we must comply with ICC regulations and support other Member Countries and as a consequence can no longer entertain Shane playing for New Zealand,'' the NZC chief executive, Justin Vaughan as quoted as saying by

''At some stage in the future we may be able to welcome Shane back in, either when he is no longer playing for the ICL, or when that competition does not exist,'' he added.

He is now free to appear in the lucrative but unofficial recognised Twenty20 tournament in April.

Bond, who has represented Blackcaps in 17 Tests said he will continue to be available for national duty and added that since NZC contract was not flexible enough to allow him to play in ICL tournament, so he has decided to terminate it.

''I will continue to be available to play for New Zealand,'' he said, ''and look forward to doing so once again when NZC deems this appropriate,'' he added.

''I believed I could continue for the term of my contract while also taking up the ICL opportunity,'' Bond said.

''Given what has happened, I want to do the right thing by NZC, so at their request I have terminated my contract,'' he added.


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