Australian fast bowler Brett Lee is flying to Dunedin to
play one game for the Volts next week.
Lee's surprise recruitment was only confirmed last night,
hours after Otago sealed a home twenty/20 final with a
seventh straight win.
The 36-year-old, a veteran of 76 tests and 221 one-day
internationals, will arrive on Monday night and play for
Otago against Canterbury at the University Oval on Tuesday.
Lee would then be eligible to play for the Volts should they
win the HRV Cup and qualify for the lucrative Champions
Otago chief executive Ross Dykes says it is a sound move.
''I can understand the odd raised eyebrow but we think this
is a good compromise.
''It will be this game only. We've made it clear the local
players, who have done so well for us, deserve to play in the
Lee's recruitment was discussed with the Otago players, who
endorsed the move. Lee is a friend of Otago import Ryan ten
Otago loses Black Caps Jimmy Neesham and Nathan McCullum for
the rest of the twenty/20 competition, so it seems likely
Lee's arrival will not push out impressive young fast bowlers
Jacob Duffy or James Fuller.
The Volts were the first New Zealand representatives at the
Champions League when they were soundly beaten in 2009.
Otago's win over Wellington and Canterbury's win over
Northern yesterday guaranteed the Volts would host the
twenty/20 final on Sunday, January 20.