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David and McDermott re-sign with Hobart Hurricanes in the BBL

David commits to Hurricanes until the end of 2024-25 while McDermott signs until the end of 2025-26 despite moving to Queensland

Alex Malcolm
Alex Malcolm
06-Jul-2023
Tim David smashed 76* off 41 balls, Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder, BBL, Hobart, January 15, 2023

Tim David will continue at Hobart Hurricanes for one more season  •  Getty Images

Hobart Hurricanes have been able to shore up their BBL list by re-signing in-demand power hitters Tim David and Ben McDermott beyond next season.
David, 27, has signed a one-year extension to take his contract through until the end of the 2024-25 season. McDermott, 28, has committed to the Hurricanes until the end of 2025-26.
David has become a global T20 phenomenon since making his name at Hurricanes in 2020 after starting his career as a fringe player with Perth Scorchers. He has become a mainstay in Australia's T20I side over the last 12 months.
Despite being part of the Mumbai Indians franchise and playing for MI Cape Town in the SA T20 last year, after he had completed his BBL commitments, as well as MI New York in the upcoming Major League Cricket in the United States, David will continue to commit to the BBL with Hurricanes for the next two seasons.
"I am very happy to be extending with the Hurricanes for the next couple of years," David said.
"While I am playing a lot of my cricket overseas, I feel at home among my teammates and support staff in the Hurricanes setup, and I am hopeful that I can contribute more to this group going forward."
McDermott has committed to Hurricanes long-term despite leaving Tasmania after eight years to relocate to Queensland with his young family to play his domestic cricket for the Bulls.
McDermott said it was difficult to leave Tasmania but remaining with Hurricanes provided a silver lining.
"I haven't spoken a whole lot publicly about it, but it was genuinely a really difficult decision to make," McDermott said. "Ultimately, family comes before everything, which I know everyone down in Tassie was really understanding and supportive of, but it was a really hard decision given how long I was down there, how much I grew as a cricketer during my time in that program, and the fact that a lot of the guys I played with for all of those years are some of my best mates.
"The fact that competitions like the Big Bash allow players to move around a little bit is perfect for me - there's a lot of similarity between the Tigers and Hurricanes squads, so I'm rapt that I will still have the opportunity to play with a lot of those guys and spend some quality time down in Tassie over the next few years.
"Plus, on-field, I really believe we have a great team that can make history for the Hurricanes. We had pretty much all of the ingredients last year, and things just didn't quite go our way when it counted. With a couple of tweaks here and there, I'm really excited about what we can achieve not just in BBL 13, but beyond that as well."
Hobart Hurricanes squad: Tim David, Paddy Dooley, Nathan Ellis, Peter Hatzoglou, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Mitch Owen, Billy Stanlake, Matthew Wade

Alex Malcolm is an Associate Editor at ESPNcricinfo