Former NSW batsman in contract negotiations February 10, 2006

Bevan re-evaluating future in Tasmania

Cricinfo staff



Michael Bevan's future with his adopted state remains uncertain © Getty Images

Michael Bevan, the former Australian batsman, remains uncertain about his future with Tasmania following a dispute over his role for the state side.

The Tasmanian Cricket Association discussed Bevan's contract as it neared the end of his two-year term and instructed the 35-year-old to either focus more on coaching, drop the responsibility entirely, or take a pay-cut.

Speaking to ABC Radio, Bevan was adamant that full-time coaching was not an option. "I think realistically that scenario won't happen," he said. "It would mean I'd be down in Tasmania for 12 months and I wouldn't be willing to bring my family down here." Bevan's wife and children still reside in Sydney.

David Johnston, the TCA's chief executive, denied rumours of a stand-off. "We've been talking to him right through this season," he said. "We've put an offer to his management and he's considering it."

Since moving from NSW to Tasmania two seasons ago, Bevan has picked up the Pura Cup Player of the Year award for his record 1464 runs and eight centuries last season. Ricky Ponting, who is still serving as Tasmania's official captain, was diplomatic on the issue. "Look, I'm not sure what they're thinking as far as his coaching role, but certainly as a player [he's worth retaining]," he said.