New Zealand’s left arm pacer Mitchell McClenaghan has been released from his Central contract. He clearly expressed his desire to become a T20 specialist and play in all different T20 leagues around the world. The fast bowler did submit a request to New Zealand Cricket Board (NZC) in bid to play in the inaugural Global T20 League staged in South Africa followed by Big Bash League in Australia.
McClenaghan clearly stated that NZC has been great in this time and has provided best opportunities to produce my best cricket for the national side. He said that he still has desire to play for New Zealand in the future. NZC High Performance Manager Bryan Stonanch said that they respect the decision Mitchell McClenaghan has made with regards to his cricketing career and recognize that players do have the choice to choose opportunities that arise around the world in form of T20 Leagues.
The decision was made in consensus with both the parties as McClenaghan will remain eligible to be picked for New Zealand cricket team. Since making his debut in 2012, left arm quick has played 48 ODIs and 28 T20s for New Zealand. He has played in many leagues like Indian Premier League, Caribbean Premier League and NatWest T20 Blasts. He has played for teams like Mumbai Indians, St Lucia Stars and Middlesex.