Spinner Daniel Vettori has turned down a contract with New Zealand Cricket while he deals with an Achilles injury that threatens to end his career.
Vettori recently underwent surgery and will require three to six months of rehabilitation before making a call on his return to competition.
The 34-year-old opted not to sign a NZC or Northern Knights retainer contract for the 2013-14 season, stating it would not be right under his current circumstances.
"I am very focused on my recovery from my recent surgery and will be working hard to get back onto the playing field over the next six-month period," he said.
"However, I feel that with my present injury situation it would be wrong for me to take a retainer contract.
"Given the time I'll need to spend out of the game with my recovery, and the level of uncertainty about when I may play again, it doesn't feel right that I take up a retainer contract this year.
"I will now focus on my rehabilitation in the coming months, with the overall goal of making a return to the cricket field during the summer months. Hopefully it goes well."
Vettori played his first one-day internationals for more than two years at last month’s Champions Trophy, but went under the knife soon after. He has not played a Test match since last July.
NZC chief executive David White said: "In the ICC Champions Trophy Dan showed the immense value that he still brings to the New Zealand side."
"Unfortunately Dan has indicated he's in a position where he feels uncomfortable taking a contract this season, as he builds towards making a return to the cricket field.
"As always, Dan has made his decision in the best interests of New Zealand Cricket and we appreciate his honesty and up-front approach.
"There's no doubting Dan's hunger to continue competing, and we hope to see him back playing for New Zealand again when the time is right."