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Victoria confirm Christian as only import

ESPNcricinfo staff

April 28, 2013

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Daniel Christian picked up two wickets, Perth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat, BBL 2011-12, Perth, December 29, 2011
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The allrounder Daniel Christian has been confirmed as Victoria's only interstate import for the 2013-14 season while notable omissions include Ryan Carters, who has signed a rookie deal with New South Wales, and Darren Pattinson. The Bushrangers have finalised their squad for next summer and other players who have lost their deals include Steven Reid and Meyrick Buchanan, while the allrounder Andrew McDonald has signed with South Australia.

As expected, the legspinner Fawad Ahmed has earned a Cricket Victoria contract after bursting on to the domestic scene in the second half of the summer, while batsman Marcus Stoinis and fast bowler Ryan Sidebottom have also earned deals. Louis Cameron, who made his Sheffield Shield debut last season, has been given a rookie contract, along with Guy Walker and Matt Short.

"We're delighted with the squad that we have compiled," Greg Shipperd, the Victoria coach, said. "The acquisition of Dan Christian from South Australia will bolster our list and will provide us with an international allrounder 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.

Victoria squad Fawad Ahmed, Scott Boland, Daniel Christian, Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, John Hastings, Jayde Herrick, Michael Hill, Jon Holland, David Hussey, Alex Keath, Glenn Maxwell (Cricket Australia contract), Clint McKay (CA), James Muirhead, James Pattinson (CA), Rob Quiney, Chris Rogers, Will Sheridan, Peter Siddle (CA), Ryan Sidebottom, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (CA), Cameron White. Rookies Louis Cameron, Ian Holland, Matt Short, Guy Walker.

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Posted by Geoffrey1 on (April 29, 2013, 10:56 GMT)

Wish someone from CA would ring the Australian Immigration minister and get him to rubber stamp Ahmed's citizenship papers so we can take a real leggie to England. He's been here long enough surely.

Posted by   on (April 28, 2013, 7:08 GMT)

Disappointing Carters left as well as McDonald and Finch leaving next summer, our run might be over

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