Vettori excited for Sri Lanka
Wed, 20 Jun 2012 6:43p.m.
By David Di Somma
The BlackCaps' chances at September's Twenty20 World Cup have just taken a turn for the better.
Key all-rounder Daniel Vettori is available after previously ruling himself out of everything but test cricket.
The simple fact is that when you're Vettori you can pick and choose when you play for the BlackCaps. Today it was announced he is available for the Twenty20 world cup in Sri Lanka in September, after deciding a year ago that he didn't want to play the shortest format of the game internationally.
“It’s a place I love to bowl - everyone likes it,” Vettori says. “Great place, and it should be a great tournament.”
National selection manager Kim Littlejohn is pleased.
“I think it's the ability to be in a team that could win the Twenty20 World Cup. He wants to be a part of it.”
When quizzed on the very same topic in March he was non-committal - even evasive.
“It's not something I want to… the guys, you know are there doing a good job, they don't want to hear so I might leave it and so how it goes.”
But with New Zealand cricket announcing its top 20 contracted players today, Vettori's had to confirm if he was in or out.
“They needed definite answers about contracts and rankings so this is the result, it's come out now.”
In the last year he's still played a lot of Twenty20 for IPL side Bangalore, and also for the Brisbane Heat in Australia’s big bash.
His next BlackCaps appearance will be in the upcoming test series against the West Indies.
And don't be surprised if he's back in the one day side for the 2015 World Cup as well.
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