Fast bowler keen to sign deal in the coming days October 15, 2007

Tuffey linked to Indian Cricket League

Cricinfo staff

Daryl Tuffey: very keen to join the ICL © Getty Images

Daryl Tuffey, the New Zealand fast bowler, has been linked to the Indian Cricket League (ICL) and is ready to sign on the dotted line for an "attractive offer". The ICL is expected to start next month and Tuffey hoped it would not stop him from playing first-class cricket for Auckland later this season.

"I'm leaning towards [signing]. It's the money and a bit of security," Tuffey told the Dominion Post. "Nothing's guaranteed with New Zealand Cricket, even the money you get playing domestic cricket back home. You've got to start looking after No. 1 at some point."

Tuffey, 29, isn't contracted by NZC and last week turned down a provincial deal with Auckland. Tuffey said he spoke to Auckland coach Mark O'Donnell, who indicated there would be a place for him when his ICL commitments finish at the end of November. "Not signing with Auckland has just made me a free agent. I'm can play for match fees if Auckland choose to do that. It's a bit more relaxed for me now," Tuffey said. "I'm pretty keen to come back and play for Auckland and see what happens from there, if I'm bowling well."

If he does join the ICL Tuffey will join former New Zealand team-mates Chris Cairns, Nathan Astle, Chris Harris and Hamish Marshall. It is believed Craig McMillan will hold talks with Justin Vaughan, the NZC chief executive, over his potential involvement.

Tuffey has played 22 Test and 80 ODIs and has taken eight wickets at 15.25 in the opening three rounds for Sutherland in Sydney grade cricket, where he is playing for six weeks. Tuffey said the side, which plays under the former New Zealand coach Steve Rixon, was keen for him to return later in the season if he wasn't required by Auckland.

Tuffey, who played one match in this year's World Cup before returning home, believed he had "four or five" good cricketing years left. "Who knows what happens if I go to India, but if the chance arose again that would be great," he said. "But I'm not putting all my eggs in one basket and hoping to play for New Zealand any more. I've had a great time playing international cricket but there's other opportunities outside of cricket that I'm putting first at the moment."