NSW eye Sangakkara for T20 series

SYDNEY, June 29, 2009 (AFP) – New South Wales have Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara in their sights to play in Australia’s domestic Twenty20 competition early next year, officials said on Monday.

“But from what we’re hearing that Tri-Series is not set in stone.”

Gilbert indicated that if Sangakkara was not available, NSW could then use the Champions League as an opportunity to scout for alternative overseas player options. Cricket NSW is yet to finalise its playing roster for the Champions League Twenty20 tournament in India in October and the domestic T20 competition in the new year.

Two NSW players, opening batsman David Warner and paceman Nathan Bracken, have the option of playing for NSW or Delhi Daredevils and Bangalore Royal Challengers respectively in the Champions League tournament.

Cricket NSW chief executive David Gilbert said if Warner opted for Delhi, the Blues could look to re-sign New Zealander Brendon McCullum for the domestic T20 competition after he played for NSW in last year’s final.

However, complicating matters is the addition of McCullum’s Otago team to the Champions League field, which could make him unavailable.

Gilbert said in that eventualit