Volts wait for word on star batsman
The Otago Volts were yesterday awaiting news as to whether they should fly world-class batsman Ryan ten Doeschate from England for their opening Champions League qualifying game in India tomorrow night (NZ time).
The Dutch international was a major factor in the Volts winning the New Zealand domestic Twenty20 competition, thus booking their ticket to the Champions League qualifiers.
However, just days out from their first game against leading Pakistan team Faisalabad, Volts coach Vaughn Johnson was still unsure whether the player will be released from his English county team, Essex.
Volts management organised flights for ten Doeschate to ensure he could join the team in time if released by Essex.
"Ryan's just finished a game which was rain-affected and they didn't win but mathematically they still have a chance of catching Northampton in their competition so we are still awaiting a final decision," Johnson said.
He conceded the Volts would be a much better side with ten Doeschate in the lineup but said there were plenty of options.
"We've got options if Tendo is here or if he's not. All of the guys have had some time in the middle now and there is some selection dilemmas, but we'll have a look at the Pakistan side and see what we need to beat them."
Apart from ten Doeschate, the other major concern was whether allrounder Ian Butler can shake off injury.
"Ian Butler's got a slight niggle in the adductor which is a wee bit concerning, we'll just have to see how he is.
"A couple of the guys have gone down with tummy sickness - Hamish Rutherford went down last night and early on Mark Craig was crook," Johnson said.
The Volts had a good buildup to the first qualifying game with a 4-4 played-won record in games against a Sri Lankan selection team.
Tomorrow's game was initially in doubt after the Faisalabad players struggled to get visas to enter India but late on Friday the problem was resolved.
The Wolves have plenty of experience and international players that the Volts will need to contend with including Misbah ul-Haq and Saeed Ajmal.
AT A GLANCE
The squad: Derek de Boorder, Nick Beard, Michael Bracewell, Neil Broom, Ian Butler, Mark Craig, Ian Butler, Jacob Duffy, Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum, James McMillan, Jimmy Neesham, Aaron Redmond, Hamish Rutherford, Ryan ten Doeschate, Neil Wagner.
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