Carl Cachopa's going back to Auckland and there's a distinct possibility Tarun Nethula will follow.
Cachopa, one of Central Districts' batting mainstays in recent seasons, has had a transfer request ratified by New Zealand Cricket (NZC) and is set to join the logjam among the Aces' prospective top order.
Brother Craig is already a regular in Auckland's line-up with the other Cachopa, Brad, said to be going back to Auckland from Canterbury. Rob Nicol's making the same journey, where he'll find the likes of Martin Guptill, Jeet Raval, Tim McIntosh and Anaru Kitchen waiting for him.
But Auckland's embarrassment of run-scoring riches will leave CD a bit thin next summer, said their director of cricket Craig Ross.
"We're young in our batting and, with Chops [Cachopa] going, we'll obviously be even younger. It just accentuates the fact if you have guys living outside your area for six months of the year, and those guys are family men, then getting them back can be challenging," Ross said.
"We value Chops highly, he's a fine player and of course it's disappointing to lose him. But we're also realistic that this is something that was most probably going to happen at some stage.
"All the Cachopas are looking to join up in Auckland, so there's obviously a fairly strong family pull there. My whole thing is to keep it real and this shows that we've just got to keep strengthening our own programmes and put the emphasis on developing more players in our region."
The 28-year-old Cachopa scored 1861 runs, at 36.49, in 32 first-class games for CD and returns to the province he first played for in his teens. Leg spinner Nethula is another Aucklander and now making noises about wanting to head home too, said Ross.
"At the moment we're just waiting to hear. Until it's signed and sealed we can't say for certain if he's going."
Now 31, Nethula has taken 84 first-class wickets for the Stags, as well as being very handy with the bat. CD, and the five other major associations, will announce their first round of 2014/15 contracts on July 25.
- The Dominion Post
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