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Auckland eyeing up Symonds

New Zealand outfit chasing signature of Aussie all-rounder

Symonds: New Zealand move?

Andrew Symonds could make a move to neighbouring New Zealand, with Auckland cricket officials interested in signing the troubled all-rounder.

Symonds has lost his Australian central contract after a number of off-field incidents, and now Auckland cricket want him to play for them in their Twenty20 competition.

The two-time World Cup winner would not be available for the entire month-long New Zealand competition, which kicks off in January, because he is due to turn out for Queensland in their Twenty20 Big Bash.

However, with the Australian competition only lasting over five rounds he could feature for Auckland towards the end of January.

Northern Districts have already signed big-hitting Sri Lankan Tillakaratne Dilshan for the Twenty20s, while Wellington have secured England international Owais Shah as the provinces look to bolster their chances of reaching next year's Champions League.

Otago move

Otago, who will represent New Zealand at this month's lucrative Champions League after winning the domestic Twenty20 title last season, are also hoping to bring back England's Dimitri Mascarenhas for another season as well.

"We are looking at some options about whether we could get a cameo from Andrew Symonds," Auckland chief executive Andrew Eade said.

Eade also revealed they were in talks with a current international to play the entire season as well, but would not name him.

He told the Herald on Sunday: "One of the options we are looking at is, if even we brought someone out for the whole season we would explain to them that, for one game maybe, we would play someone like Andrew.

"I have no doubt if we had Andrew Symonds playing for us in one game we would get 1000 more people coming along."

Teams making the Champions League are allowed up to four imports for that tournament, although the player must have played for the province in the domestic competition as New Zealand's Brendon McCullum did for New South Wales last season.

McCullum played for the Blues in the KFC Twenty20 final against Victoria despite not having turned out for the Australian side previously in the competition.

His appearance resulted in Symonds verbally abusing the Black Caps wicket-keeper in a radio interview, earning the all-rounder a big fine.