Cricket: Kuggeleijn opts out of national playing obligations

By David Leggat

Scott Kuggeleijn.
Scott Kuggeleijn.

Promising cricketer Scott Kuggeleijn has asked to be excused from any potential New Zealand representative playing obligations.

Kuggeleijn is facing a re-trial early next year on a rape charge.

The first trial, stemming from an incident in Hamilton in May last year, ended in a hung jury after 11 hours deliberation.

Kuggeleijn, a fast-medium bowler and a assertive lower middle order batsman for Northern Districts, would have been an almost certain inclusion in the New Zealand A squad to play Pakistan in Nelson this month. That squad is expected to be named tomorrow.

He is averaging 77 with the bat in the Plunket Shield after two rounds - including hitting 112 against Wellington - and has 12 wickets at 24.08, including nine for 190 against Canterbury in the opening round.

He is equal second on most wickets in the shield.

In a statement issued by New Zealand Cricket, Kuggeleijn believes any selection in a New Zealand team at any level before the re-trial would "likely be a significant distraction for him and the game itself...which is not a situation he desires".

Kuggeleijn, 24, averages 31.18 with the bat from 44 first-class games, and has taken 147 wickets at 33 in a first-class careeer which began in 2011-12.

- NZ Herald

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