'No deal on Khawaja and Hauritz'
QUEENSLAND Cricket officials played down talk of a double swoop on New South Wales with a straight bat yesterday.
Rumours have been doing the rounds that Australian representatives Usman Khawaja and Nathan Hauritz wanted to leave Sydney and join the Sheffield Shield-winning Queenslanders next season.
While officials in Brisbane admitted they had heard the rumours, they hit for six any idea that any deals had been done and dusted, saying there had been no formal or informal communication because they we're not allowed to act on anything yet.
"Queensland Cricket is not in a position to negotiate with any players at this stage, pending final resolution of the latest Memorandum of Understanding between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers' Association," chief executive officer Graham Dixon said.
"Once that is satisfactorily concluded, the usual contracting process will get under way and we can finalise the 2012-13 Queensland Bulls squad."
As for Hauritz, who joined NSW from Queensland in 2006, well, he's just concentrating on one thing at the moment - getting his injured shoulder right.
"Mate, I won't lie to you - I had a great time playing under Boof (Queensland coach Darren Lehmann) for the Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League last season," Hauritz, a former Hervey Bay resident, said from Sydney yesterday.
"My mum would love me to come home and play for Queensland again, but at this stage I am contracted to New South Wales and I am happy living here.
"All I am thinking about is getting the shoulder right (he had surgery on his right shoulder after dislocating it in a one-dayer against England in the 2010/11 season and he's still battling to get it back to 100%)."