Yorkshire Vikings are still hopeful that South Africa batsman David Miller will rejoin them as a specialist Twenty20 overseas player for 2013.
A deal to see the powerful left-hander return to Headingley for the Friends Life t20 competition is being held up due to the South African not playing enough internationals in the past 24 months.
Unless a foreign player has an EU passport, they cannot be signed as an overseas or Kolpak unless they have played either one Test match or 15 one-day/Twenty20 internationals in the two years prior to the official application for paperwork.
Miller, 23, has only played 13 times for the Proteas since June 2011, and will only reach that target at June’s Champions Trophy at the earliest.
But even if he does, things could be complicated by a planned limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka in July, clashing with the English domestic t20.
“David Miller’s is not a straightforward situation,” said Yorkshire’s director of cricket, Martyn Moxon.
“He’s agreed to come back, and we want him back. But he’s two matches short.
“If he plays in the Champions Trophy, he could conceivably fulfill those two games to make him available. However, we’ve recently been told that there’s a South Africa tour to Sri Lanka in July.
“If he doesn’t play for South Africa in the Champions Trophy, he can’t play for us. If he does play in the Champions Trophy, he’s likely to be picked for Sri Lanka. Having said that, there is still a chance that the tour could be cancelled.”