Kyle Jamieson is expected to be key to the Blackcaps T20 success against Australia next week.
Come Friday morning, the future success of an Indian Premier League franchise could also rest on his shoulders.
"I guess that's something that you put on your bucket list to do," he says. "You try to expand your horizons as a cricketer and not just play within your own country."
And after his performances across all formats this summer, the 26-year-old could be due for the biggest day of his career, with his reserve set at NZ$142,000.
"I certainly don't have the budget,” chuckles Blackcaps bowling coach Shane Jurgenson. "Not on what I get paid.
"I'm sure he'll be well looked after."
Says NZ teammate and Wellington Firebirds all-rounder Jimmy Neesham: "Hopefully, he gets picked up for a decent amount of coin in the auction and he can buy a nice little apartment on Courtney Place somewhere."
Jamieson is a little more reserved about his auction prospects.
"If that means I get picked up and I go, great," he says. "If not, there's still a lot of cricket to be played across the winter."
That includes two tests against England in June before the World Test Championship final, but a potential schedule double-up would mean Black Caps in the IPL, including Trent Boult and Kane Williamson, could miss the first of those matches.
"Obviously, you want to play every game for New Zealand that you can," says
These IPL hopefuls will have that opportunity against Australia, starting Monday.
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