New Zealand Cricket (NZC) claimed that Colin de Grandhomme did not contact them about participating in the competition. After him being chosen by the Adelaide Strikers in the BBL draft, there was some doubt regarding his status.
De Grandhomme was selected by the Strikers with the second overall pick. The head coach Jason Gillespie cited his availability as a major consideration. NZC, which centrally contracted him, claimed on Monday morning that they were ignorant of the all-rounder’s plans.
“As it stands, Colin is a centrally-contracted player and has not requested a release,” an NZC spokesperson told ESPNcricinfo. “We’re now in discussions with Colin to find the best possible way forward.”
De Grandhomme’s name was first unexpected. It was because he wasn’t on the final list of 332 players that had been going around earlier in the week leading up to the selection. It is assumed that he submitted his own nomination before the deadline last Sunday. But CA was unable to verify it because it took longer than expected for his final documentation to be received.
Grandhomme sustained injury since June
De Grandhomme has not played for New Zealand since suffering a heel injury in the Lord’s Test against England. This happened in June and the injury was supposed to keep him out for three months. There is yet no guarantee that he will rejoin the team. Despite the fact that a substantial amount of the BBL and New Zealand’s visit to Pakistan in late December coincide.
De Grandhomme would also need a No Objection Certificate from NZC even if he wasn’t chosen. Players who have been centrally contracted are also anticipated to be available for the domestic Super Smash competition. The tournament will last until January.
Melbourne Stars selected Trent Boult, a platinum player in the draft. And at his request, he was released from his central contract earlier this month. According to NZC, precedence will be given to those who were centrally or domestically contracted. He would no longer be assured selection.
Boult, however, is anticipated to play in the T20 World Cup. He will also be a part of the three ODIs against Australia that begin next week in Cairns.
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