County Championship: Martin Guptill opts against Derbyshire return
Last Updated: 04/06/13 12:58pm
Martin Guptill in action for Derbyshire
Derbyshire have failed in their attempt to sign New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill for a third spell, although they have not given up hope of luring him back to the County Ground in the future.
Guptill represented the county in 2011 and 2012 and they had hoped he would rejoin them for their Friends Life t20 following his heroics for the Black Caps.
The 26-year-old opener scored an unbeaten century in New Zealand's ODI victory over England at Lord's and was man-of-the-match at the Ageas Bowl on Sunday after scoring 189 not out, as they took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series with an 86-run win.
But after featuring for his country in the final match of the ODI series at Trent Bridge and the ICC Champions Trophy, Guptill will play in the Caribbean Premier League rather than returning to the East Midlands.
Derbyshire Head Coach Karl Krikken remains in contact with the player though and has not given up hope of signing him to the county again in the future.
"We made no secret of our ambition to sign Martin as our second overseas player for the Friends Life t20 campaign and - while we are disappointed it won't happen this season - it's great to hear that the player has ambitions to return in the future," he told the club's official website.
"We were delighted to present Martin with his LV= County Championship Division Two winners medal ahead of our tour fixture versus New Zealand earlier this season - a moment he richly deserved for his fine contribution to the success.
"The international and domestic Twenty20 schedules around the world can make opportunities limited.
"But Martin has made it clear that he loves it here, that Derbyshire is his club and that one day he'd love to play for us again.
"I'm sure I'm joined by everyone connected with the club in looking forward to the day it happens.
"The CPL competition in the West Indies provides Martin with the ideal shop window in which to display his talents with a view to possible future involvement in the lucrative Indian Premier League.
"Good luck to him for a successful tournament."