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Wagner's eligibility for New Zealand confirmed

ESPNcricinfo staff

April 19, 2012

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Neil Wagner bowls, Otago Volts v Northern Knights, Queenstown, New Zealand, November 9, 2010
Neil Wagner had moved to New Zealand in 2008 and his inclusion in the New Zealand team has been highly anticipated © Getty Images
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Neil Wagner, the South Africa-born fast bowler, is now eligible to play for New Zealand, the ICC has confirmed. Wagner had moved to New Zealand in 2008 and his inclusion in the New Zealand team has been highly anticipated, following two prolific seasons on the domestic circuit.

Last month, there was some doubt over how soon Wagner would be eligible to play for New Zealand. The ICC's regulations state that a player must reside in the relevant country for a minimum of 183 days for four consecutive years to qualify. Wagner had had two short trips out of New Zealand during his time there but received positive rulings on his applications for these two absences to be viewed as exceptional circumstances, prompting him to be declared eligible.

The New Zealand board had submitted the applications on Wagner's behalf to the ICC's exceptional circumstances committee, who then made a recommendation to cricket committee chairman Clive Lloyd.

During his run in domestic cricket, where he has represented Notherns and more recently Otago, Wagner was named the most valuable player of the Plunket Shield for 2010-11, after taking 51 wickets in nine games in the competition. That included a record five wickets in one over, against Wellington. In the 2011-12 season he had topped the wicket-takers' list again, with 46 wickets in 10 games.

New Zealand's next international assignment is a tour of the Caribbean that begins in Florida at the end of June.

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Posted by ForgeNZ on (April 22, 2012, 9:54 GMT)

Believe you me there are loads of extremely talented crickerters out there that for some reason or another will never get to represent their home country. NZ needs two opening batsman that qualify for this reason.

Posted by Min2000 on (April 22, 2012, 2:10 GMT)

As a Black Caps fan I'm not convinced we need Wagner just yet - we lack tearaway quicks but Martin, Bracewell, Gillespie & Southee all bowl 140+ and all swing the ball. AND, there's already plenty of left arm options in McKay, Boult and Jimmy Franklin. But if there are any Sth African openers going, we'll take 2 please! :P

Posted by dalboy12 on (April 20, 2012, 23:19 GMT)

I think its very different if a player has moved countries for personal and lifestyle reasons, I don't think we want too many just jumping ship waiting 3 years and playing for different nations if that number starts getting to over half a team then its going to look at bit stupid. A lot of South African are moving due to lifestyle moves and why shouldn't they be able to continue to play cricket at the highest level for their adopted country. Wagner will be great, but not good enough to ball teams out for under 200, so that means we still some batsman

Posted by zenboomerang on (April 20, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

@Morgsy... Re: allrounder... Someone I have always thought has often been missing from NZ either as a batsman / spinner or seamer... Just a great bonus to a team when things aren't going your way - imagine SA without Kallis or Oz without Watson...

Posted by zenboomerang on (April 20, 2012, 16:08 GMT)

@IamDan... lol... So true, so true... Where would any country be without adventurous souls prepared to improve their life my moving to a better environment for themselves?... Survival of the fittest or just basic improving your own (&families) lot in life... Couldn't agree more...

Posted by Tartanspringbok on (April 20, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

And very soon we will have Horses running in Greyhound races. Will that improve Greyhound racing?

Posted by mahjut on (April 20, 2012, 12:45 GMT)

@DR.THIRSTY ... i think 4 years is too short - but more than happy for your kids to play for NZ (as that'll be where they learn their cricket) or Eng [they wouldn't choose HK. @IAMDAN ... colour has nothing to do with it and their choice is their choice but as a zimbo i can tell you that no matter how much we could do with any number of foreign players in our cricket team ... i'd genuinely be less interested in their international progress than any lowly zim player - if they play domestically it makes a differnece, i'd be more interested - but otherwise i can't see how the ease of migration would strengthen cricket except for countries that provide a secure living (forget the development of Zim cricket then). btw TROYD (Andrew), a few zimbo have been approached by Ireland already so prepare yourself for losing Jarvis to someone if he continues to impress (in the same way Ballance is gone). The test 'league' becomes meaningless if it is not representative - Eng as #1...who would care??

Posted by Morgsy on (April 20, 2012, 8:44 GMT)

At last a real spear head! Now get Milne in there too...With the likes of Bracewell, Boult, Southee and Bennett also chasing a spot suddenly our bowling doesn't look too bad!

Anyone got a couple of openers and a decent all rounder we could borrow for 10 yrs or so?

Posted by Vivian_Richard on (April 20, 2012, 8:31 GMT)

Interesting development. Good for us spectators.

Posted by IamDan on (April 20, 2012, 8:20 GMT)

Who cares, where you were born, the colour of your skin, your religious beliefs, and your sexual preferences, Cricket will only benefit more, if we have more competitive, Test nations. Andrew Strauss could have played for 3 countries, born in Saffer, raised and educated in OZ, but settled in England as a teenager because of his parents work. Overlooked, talented players, deserve the chance to play Cricket at the highest level, if they want to move and live in a new Nation, its there choice. Enough Said

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