Bushrangers name 2013-14 squad
The Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers have today announced their playing squad for the 2013-14 season.
Former Australian all-rounder Dan Christian headlines the inclusions for the Bushrangers, with leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed among those who have also put pen to paper.
The Bushrangers have handed full contracts to Marcus Stoinis and Ryan Sidebottom, who both featured in the final Bupa Sheffield Shield fixture of the summer, while handing rookie deals to Victorian under-17 representatives Matt Short and Guy Walker.
Louis Cameron, who played two Shield games last summer, has been handed a state contract for the first time in his career, while 'Cricket Superstar' winner Ian Holland has also been retained as a rookie.
Former Test all-rounder Andrew McDonald and Victorian Under-19 skipper Meyrick Buchanan have been released, while Ryan Carters, Darren Pattinson and rookie Steven Reid have not had their deals renewed.
Bushrangers coach Greg Shipperd said the selected squad, which includes Ashes tourists Chris Rogers, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle and Matthew Wade, would have a new look to it next summer.
"We're delighted with the squad that we have compiled," Shipperd said.
"The acquisition of Dan Christian from South Australia will bolster our list and will provide us with an international all-rounder who still has the capacity to represent his country in all formats of the game.
"Fawad Ahmed was the success story from last year and we're extremely happy to have signed him for the next three seasons, while the likes of Stoinis, Sidebottom and Cameron will add significant depth after receiving a taste of first-class cricket.
"We're excited by the talent that we have coming through via Short and Walker, who were both very impressive representing the Australian Under-19 side, and will only benefit from being in a full-time professional environment."
Cricket Australia contracts:
Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle and Matthew Wade
Cricket Victoria contracts:
Fawad Ahmed, Scott Boland, Daniel Christian, Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, John Hastings, Jayde Herrick, Michael Hill, Jon Holland, David Hussey, Alexander Keath, James Muirhead, Rob Quiney, Chris Rogers, Will Sheridan, Ryan Sidebottom, Marcus Stoinis and Cameron White
Cricket Victoria rookie contracts:
Louis Cameron, Ian Holland, Matt Short and Guy Walker