All-rounder Jacob Oram released from New Zealand contract

Jacob Oram missed the first Twenty20 International against South Africa because of the impending birth of his second child © Getty Images

Durban: Dec 22, 2012

Jacob Oram was released from his New Zealand Cricket contract, bringing a possible end to his international career.

Oram, 34, believes he will not be able to commit to focussing fulltime on playing for New Zealand and the various obligations and demands of a NZC contract. While he will continue to play in the Twenty20 format of the game for various teams, he hasn’t completely ruled out the possibility of playing for his national side.

Oram’s 12-year long international career was ridden with injuries and recently missed his team’s thumping defeat at the hands of South Africa in the first Twenty20 international because of the impending birth of his second child.

“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,” Oram said, as reported by New Zealand Herald.

“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.

“Fortunately as a professional cricketer I can continue to play some T20 cricket as I transition into the next phase 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.”

Oram, who was once considered as one of the most explosive batsmen in the game, has played 33 Tests, 160 ODIs and 36 Twenty20 Internationals for New Zealand.