Australia v New Zealand - ODI Game 1
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 13: Colin de Grandhomme of New Zealand bats during game one of the One Day International series between Australia and New Zealand at Sydney Cricket Ground on March 13, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)
Australia v New Zealand - ODI Game 1

The Adelaide Strikers call to select Colin de Grandhomme for the Big Bash with their second pick during Sunday night's inaugural international player draft could come back to haunt them.

The pick came as an almighty surprise, with de Grandhomme, who has played all three formats for the Black Caps as an all-rounder, not originally included in the list of nominated players.

It's understood his paperwork was only lodged hours before the deadline, and that it took longer than usual to process so seemingly only Cricket Australia authorities, the clubs and de Grandhomme himself knew he was up for selection.

The Strikers then opted to take him with their second pick, citing the fact he would be available for the tournament as the key reason why.

That may not be the case though according to Cricinfo.

De Grandhomme is a centrally contracted player who has played for his country within the last two years, meaning he needs a no objection certificate from the New Zealand cricket board to play in the tournament.

That is yet to be provided yet, with a spokesperson telling the publication that de Grandhomme hasn't sought out a release to play in the BBL.

"As it stands, Colin is a centrally-contracted player and has not requested a release," the spokesperson said.

"We're now in discussions with Colin to find the best possible way forward."

While de Grandhomme is no certainty to be selected for New Zealand when they tour Pakistan and India this December through February, international selection would trump the BBL, as will the domestic run T20 Super Smash, which New Zealand centrally contracted players are expected to be available for.

It means there is no guarantee the all-rounder will be able to turn out in the tournament, unlike Trent Boult who recently was released from his New Zealand contract to play in T20 leagues around the world.