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New Zealand Cricket have cancelled Lou Vincent's contract after the former Worcestershire batsman signed with the Indian Cricket League.

The Auckland right-hander quit just two days before his province defend the national one-day title against Otago at Eden Park on Sunday.

The 29-year-old has struggled with depression in recent months and put his international career on hold in January.

However, his decision to sign with the rebel league before consulting with NZC annulled his Black Caps contract, according to Kiwi cricket chief Justin Vaughan.

"I have met with Lou and the New Zealand Cricket Players` Association over the past couple of days and have expressed to them how disappointed I was that Lou had breached his NZC contract," Vaughan said in a statement.

"We stand by these contracts regardless of performance or injury and we expect players to do the same.

"I understand the NZCPA will be talking to players about the need to honour the terms of their contracts."

Vincent is just the ninth New Zealand international to join the Twenty20 competition, but only the second - after Shane Bond - to break an existing NZC contract.

All-rounder Craig McMillan retired from international cricket in October before signing with the ICL.

The IPL's second tournament begins next month.
 
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