Georgeson, Cricket Ireland agree to mutually terminate contract

Luke Georgeson and Cricket Ireland have mutually agreed to terminate Georgeson’s contract effective immediately.

The all-rounder agreed terms on a central contract with Ireland just over two weeks ago after impressing in the domestic Interprovincial Series.

"I have come to a clearer understanding that I still harbour ambitions of playing for New Zealand," he said.

"I underestimated how much I want to realise this dream until recent days."

Georgeson finished as the third-highest run-scorer in the interprovincial 50-over cup competition last year with an average of 63.40 for Northern Knights.

He will remain in Belfast and play for club side CSNI this summer, but will no longer be in contention for an Irish call-up and the Knights will shortly select a replacement member to join their core squad of 12

"I would like to take the opportunity to thank Cricket Ireland for their effort and commitment to me over the past year," added Georgeson.

"This, however, will not conclude my involvement in Irish cricket. I am passionate about cricket in Ireland and the NCU, and I will endeavour to stay involved and make a difference wherever I can. I appreciate everyone's understanding about this decision."

Georgeson was on course to face the BLACKCAPS in what is a busy home schedule of fixtures for Ireland this summer.

"We are obviously disappointed that Luke will no longer be making himself available for Ireland," said Andrew White, Chair of National Men's Selector.

"He is a talented player and was a firm part of our plans going forward. We wish Luke well with his future career."

Georgeson will continue playing club cricket in Ireland during the New Zealand winter and will return to New Zealand for the domestic summer where he will again be considered for the Wellington Firebirds contract process for the 2022/23 season.

Article added: Monday 02 May 2022