Derbyshire still keen to bring in Martin Guptill for t20
NEW Zealand batsman Martin Guptill may still play for Derbyshire again next season, even though the county have snapped up Shivnarine Chanderpaul as their overseas signing.
They are in talks with the powerful 26-year-old right-hander, who had spells with Derbyshire in the last two seasons, about joining them for next season's Friends Life t20 campaign, in which counties are allowed to recruit two overseas players.
Guptill will be in the country for two months in the first half of next season with the Black Caps.
Starting with a three-day fixture at the County Ground, they are to play two Tests and three ODIs against England before taking part in the Champions Trophy and going on to two t20 internationals against England.
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The last of those is on June 27, with the domestic t20 competition due to start on June 28.
The timing there would work out well for Derbyshire but Guptill has yet to decide whether or not he needs a rest at the end of a hectic spell of international commitments.
"We are still in dialogue with him and it still is a possibility," said head coach Karl Krikken. "I spoke to him when I was in India and I texted him the other night and he's still thinking about it.
"It would be a bonus if he came but we'll see."
Captain Wayne Madsen also met up with Guptill in December, shortly before New Zealand's t20 series against South Africa.
Guptill missed the first match through illness but showed his prowess in the shortest form of the game with an unbeaten 101 off 69 balls to take his side to victory in the second.
"It was good to meet up with Guppy again and I had a good chat with him," added Madsen.
"We'd like to have him back for the t20 and he seemed fairly keen but he has a few things to sort out before he can make that decision.
"He does a heck of a lot of travelling through the year and sometimes you do need the down time.
"Since he left us, he's barely had four weeks at home and it is tough being an international cricketer from that point of view, so if he feels he needs to spend some time back in New Zealand, then he needs to.
"He's a phenomenal player and if we could get him back it would be another huge boost for us.
"As he showed a couple of days after I met him, he is a devastating player in one-day cricket."