Anderson out, Vettori in for Northern Knights

IAN ANDERSON
Last updated 10:09 22/08/2014
Daniel Vettori
KELLY HODEL/Fairfax NZ
BIG LOSS: Daniel Vettori has had to withdraw from the Northern Knights squad for the upcoming Champions League T20 tournament.

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As expected, the Northern Knights will have to do without explosive all-rounder Corey Anderson for the Champions League Twenty 20 competition next month.

However, the Northern Districts side will have the services of former Black Caps captain Daniel Vettori after his Jamaican side failed to win the Caribbean Premier League.

Anderson's Indian Premier League side Mumbai Indians have named the 23-year-old as one of their three imports in their squad for the lucrative tournament in India.

That means Anderson is likely to play against his NZ provincial team-mates in Raipur on September 16 in the final match of the four-team qualifying stage - which also features the Lahore Lions and Sri Lanka's Southern Express - with the top two sides qualifying for the group stage.

Mumbai will have to pay New Zealand Cricket $178,000 for Anderson, a quarter of which goes to Northern Districts.

While the loss of the powerful left-handed batsman and seamer is a blow for the Knights, they will be boosted by the presence of Vettori, with the 35-year-old left-arm spinner still one of the world's best limited-over bowlers.

The Knights will shortly confirm a final squad of 15 for the tournament, which is set to include Australian batsman Daniel Harris - a standout for the Knights during their domestic T20 title-winning campaign last season.

Scott Styris and Kane Williamson will join the side from country cricket in England, while the Knights also have six players in the UK with the New Zealand A team -although newcomer Dean Brownlie is not eligible for the Champions League.

Among the Knights side will be New Zealand pace and swing spearheads Tim Southee and Trent Boult, hard-hitting batsmen Daniel Flynn and Daryl Mitchell, all-rounders Anton Devcich and Scott Kuggeleijn and Black Caps test wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watling.

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