Zimbabwe batsman sees his future in New Zealand July 18, 2007

Auckland ask ICC for ruling on de Grandhomme

Cricinfo staff

Auckland officials have asked the ICC for permission to include Colin de Grandhomme as one of their contracted players for the 2007-08 season.

de Grandhomme represented Zimbabwe at Under-19 level but left the country and is now based in New Zealand. He played four State Championship matches and two one-dayers for Auckland last season.

"He's making New Zealand his home, has declared he wants to play for New Zealand," Mark O'Donnell, Auckland's coach, told the New Zealand Herald. "It's just a question of how representing Zimbabwe affects him."

If the ICC rules against de Grandhomme he will be ineligible for the contract as he will have to be considered an overseas player and his place will go to someone else.