New Zealand opener Martin Guptill has returned home midway from the Caribbean Premier League 2017 due to an ‘important family health matter’, stuff.co.nz reported on Friday (August 25). The 30-year-old, who has been the captain of fourth-placed Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Twenty20 league, will miss the remainder of the competition.
Guptill and his wife Laura McGoldrick are expecting their first child next month.
“It’s unfortunate and hugely disappointing to lose Martin at this stage of the tournament but we empathise with his situation and he has our full support as he returns home to his family,” said Omar Khan, the operations manager of Warriors.
Guptill, who scored 142 runs in seven outings, was into his fourth year with Warriors.
Retired New Zealand batsman Luke Ronchi has been roped in as Guptill’s replacement. The wicketkeeper-batsman, who quit international cricket in June earlier this year, has just finished a stint with English club Leicestershire. He became available after the side was eliminated from the ongoing T20 Blast in a nine-wicket quarterfinal loss to Glamorgan.
“We welcome Luke to the Guyana Amazon Warriors family and his wealth of experience and explosive batting in this format will certainly be an asset to our team.”
Ronchi smashed 429 runs in 15 matches for Leicestershire, including three half centuries, at an average of 33 and a strike rate of 180.25.