In an attempt to make a name as a freelance T20I cricketer, New Zealand's Anton Devcich has denied a further contract with Northern Districts. The 32-year old batsman is currently part of the Toronto Nationals in Canada and struck an unbeaten 92 off only 44 balls to lead them to a sensational win on Thursday.
If recent reports are to be believed, Devcich is eyeing for a contract with a BBL franchise which might have forced him to take this move. The BBL, which runs from December to February, clashes with New Zealand's own T20 competition, the Super Smash.
"My goal is to represent the Black Caps and to do that I need to improve and gain more experience in pressure situations," Devcich said in a statement, but added that he will still play for Northern Districts on a match-by-match basis depending on his availability.
"Although I will not be contracted I am still extremely dedicated to the association, they have been very supportive of my decision and have always led the way in all aspects of cricket in NZ." added Devcich.
Devcich has experience playing on the worldwide T20 circuit, having previously represented Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League and Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League.
(Inputs from ESPN Cricinfo)