The Cricket NSW Male Pathway system has produced four more contracted players after Baxter Holt, Tanveer Sangha, Oliver Davies and Lachlan Hearne were elevated from the rookie list for the 2021-22 season.
Holt, Sangha, Davies and Hearne were all on rookie deals last summer, with each making their mark in various levels throughout the last 12 months.
Holt and Hearne were part of the Blues' squad that played in the Sheffield Shield final, while Davies and Sangha put in stellar seasons for the Sydney Thunder in BBL|10, the latter earning selection in the touring Australian squad for the white ball tour of New Zealand in February. Davies was also part of NSW’s winning Marsh One-Day Cup team.
The 20-player squad is complimented by the state’s seven CA contracted players – David Warner, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Steve Smith, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Adam Zampa – and four rookies – Ryan Hadley, Hunar Verma, Jack Nisbet and Josh Baraba.
The four players not offered renewed contracts were Nick Larkin, Daniel Solway, Nathan McAndrew and the rookie-listed Arjun Nair.
Cricket NSW Head of Male Cricket, Michael Klinger, said the future was looking bright for NSW.
“The elevation of Baxter Holt, Tanveer Sangha, Oliver Davies and Lachlan Hearne from the rookie list is well deserved and very exciting to have such young and talented cricketers coming through the Blues' system,” Klinger said.
“Our emphasis on growth and development will further allow these players to continue their progression to be long term sustainable professional cricketers.
“We have three new additions to our rookie list to go with Ryan Hadley who was there last season and that is extremely exciting.
“Hunar Verma, Jack Nisbet and Josh Baraba are three young pace bowlers with fantastic attributes, character and attitudes.
“We look at all these aspects as well as skill level and performance when introducing new cricketers onto our rookie list. It will be great to watch them develop and grow in our system going forward."
Klinger said a holistic approach was taken when introducing players to the rookie list.
“With our rookies, we have a big emphasis on cricket and life balance including those who are still at school, university or working,” Klinger said.
“We will provide this balance to our rookies as well as all our professional athletes on our list.”
Klinger said the decision to de-list the four players was not easy.
“It is always difficult to leave quality people and cricketers off our list and those four guys have all been fantastic contributors and squad members for the Blues,” he said.
“We wish them all the best for the future. There may still be opportunities for them to break back into the squad in the future through performances at Premier cricket and Second XI levels.”
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