Mumbai: Scott Kuggeleijn, New Zealand cricketer, requested the national cricket board to excuse him from any national representation. Kuggeleijn is accused of raping a 21-year-old woman in May 2015.
While the case was dismissed in August as the jury was unable to reach a verdict, a retrial is ordered by jury and it is scheduled to take place in Hamilton early next year.
Radio NZ quoted a statement from New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White saying: “Under normal circumstances Kuggeleijn would have been selected in the New Zealand A side to play Pakistan later this month, but he has asked to be temporarily excused from any national representation.”
“Kuggeleijn believes his selection would be a significant distraction for him and the game,” added the statement.
“New Zealand Cricket agrees and has approved his request not to play,” concluded White.
Kuggeleijn, the 24-year-old medium pacer and a lower order batsman, was averaging 77 with the bat in the Plunket Shield after two rounds and scalped 12 wickets at 24.08 for Northern Districts.ew Zealand cricketer ruled out of selection due to rape trial.