Cameron White is disappointed he won't be able to lead Victoria in the Champions League Twenty20 after being tied to Bangalore, but is confident David Hussey's men will fire. Hussey has been promoted after White's IPL contract meant he was forced to represent the Indian franchise at the rich tournament.
The Bushrangers have also suffered with the loss of both their overseas players from last year's Big Bash. Dwayne Bravo will be with Mumbai Indians while Ross Taylor is also with Bangalore. Like Victoria, Taylor's Central Stags will be paid US$200,000 by the Bangalore franchise for the inconvenience of losing a star player.
"Obviously I'm disappointed I won't be available to play for my home team," White said. "In my absence David Hussey will captain the team and I know he will do an excellent job. I think he's proved time and time again he's more than capable of taking the reins and leading the guys to success."
White has forced one of three changes to the Victoria side that reached the semi-finals of the tournament last year. Dirk Nannes, who was bound to Delhi in 2009, is back along with the young players Glen Maxwell and Ryan Carters.
"I think it's important to note that now someone else in the squad gets a chance," White said. "This is a considerable positive we can take from the situation.
"I have no doubt the Bushrangers will progress far in the competition, they have a talented bunch of guys playing for them who have proved before they can perform at this tournament." Victoria's opening match is against South Africa's Warriors on September 13.
Victoria squad David Hussey (capt), Ryan Carters, Aaron Finch, Shane Harwood, John Hastings, Brad Hodge, Andrew McDonald, Bryce McGain, Clint McKay, Glenn Maxwell, Dirk Nannes, James Pattinson, Rob Quiney, Peter Siddle, Matthew Wade.