Who wants to be a millionaire?
Coach Vaughn Johnson says for Otago the Champions League isn't all about the money, but the reality is someone could make themselves a millionaire overnight if they perform on the big stage.
New Zealand's champion Twenty20 team will depart for India today to take part in the Champions League Twenty20 tournament in which the world's top domestic teams go head-to-head.
Johnson said while the focus was very much around the performance of the team as a whole, individuals did have the chance to put their name in lights in front of Indian Premier League scouts.
"Somebody can become a millionaire overnight, that's the reality of it. They'll be seen on the world stage and some of these scouts could identify someone from our lot and they could end up playing IPL - all of a sudden they're worth a lot of money."
The Volts have a difficult assignment just to make the main draw as New Zealand's top team is forced to go through the qualifying stage before the tournament proper.
There are four teams looking for two spots in qualifying which runs from September 17 to 20.
Johnson expects the Faisalabad Wolves (Pakistan), Kandurata Maroons (Sri Lanka) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (India) all to be tough assignments in qualifying.
"It's a particularly tough qualifying tournament, but in Twenty20 anything can happen on the day and we're confident we've got a reasonable chance of getting through."
Much of Otago's hopes could come down to whether they can secure the services of world-class batsman Ryan ten Doeschate.
The Dutch international is contracted to English county team Essex, and Otago are still waiting to find out if he will be released to play in the Champions League.
The Volts were to play qualifying games in Hyderabad, but security concerns has seen the fixtures moved to Mohali.
Johnson said the late change hadn't hindered any plans and he did not see it as a big issue.
Prior to the qualifying matches the Volts will play four warmup games in Sri Lanka against players who Johnson has been promised will be of first-class standard.
They will also play a fifth warmup game against a yet-to-be decided team in India.
The preparation hasn't been ideal given many of the players have been training indoors in the winter months of New Zealand, and Johnson said there was an eagerness in the group to start playing.
Volts' qualifying games: v Faisalabad Wolves (Pakistan), September 17 at Mohali. v Kandurata Maroons (Sri Lanka), September 18 at Mohali. v Sunrisers Hyderabad (India), September 20 at Mohali. The Volts squad: Nicholas Beard, Michael Bracewell, Neil Broom, Ian Butler, Mark Craig, Derek de Boorder, Jacob Duffy, Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum, James McMillan, James Neesham, Aaron Redmond, Hamish Rutherford, Ryan ten Doeschate*, Neil Wagner. * Still awaiting a release from Essex.
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