Vettori retires from T20 cricket

Updated: Mar 31, 2011, 12:06 PM IST

Wellington: Daniel Vettoti has called it a day from Twenty20 cricket after New Zealand`s ouster from the semi-finals of the ongoing World Cup but said he is yet to make up his mind on his ODI future.

After New Zealand`s five-wicket defeat in the semi-final at the hands of Sri Lanka in Colombo yesterday, Vettori also confirmed that he will step down as captain in all the three formats of the game.

The left-arm spinner, however, said that he remained committed to Test cricket but with New Zealand not scheduled to play an ODI until October, he said he would take time to consider his 50-over future.

"I`ve played my last Twenty20 match ... (but) it`s about six months to the next one-dayer so I have a lot of time to sit down and think about it and talk to my family," he was quoted as saying by the New Zealand media. "Tests are a big part of why I play the game, for team and myself, because there is no better feeling than winning a Test," he said.

Vettori announced his decision to quit captaincy before New Zealand`s departure for the Word Cup. Vettori has led the Black Caps in 82 ODIs -- winning 41 and losing 33 out of them. In 32 Tests under Vettori`s leadership, New Zealand won six, lost 16 and drew 10 matches. He also captained the Black Caps in 28 Twenty20 matches with a win-loss record of 13 each.

New Zealand Cricket is yet to name Vettori`s successor, but vice-captain Ross Taylor is expected to take over the post.

PTI