Tim David re-signs with Hobart Hurricanes in BBL

Power-hitter turns down other offers to stay at the Hurricanes just days after becoming Australia's biggest IPL earner at the mega auction

Alex Malcolm
Tim David made an unbeaten 46 off 20 balls, Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Renegades, BBL 2021-22, Melbourne, January 18, 2022

Tim David stays loyal to Hobart Hurricanes  •  Mike Owen/Cricket Australia/Getty Images

Rising star Tim David has remained loyal to Hobart Hurricanes in the BBL, signing a two-year contract extension despite lucrative offers from rival clubs.
The Singapore-born Australian, who has played T20I cricket for Singapore but is eligible to play for Australia, is one of the hottest properties in T20 cricket at the moment after he was bought at the IPL auction on Sunday for AUD 1.53 million by Mumbai Indians. David is currently playing for the Multan Sultans in the PSL and has committed to joining Lancashire for the Vitality T20 Blast later this year.
David has recommitted to the BBL club that gave him an opportunity in 2020 after he battled for a regular spot in Perth Scorchers line-up in the previous three seasons.
ESPNcricinfo understands David had attracted significant interest from other clubs including one offer of a lucrative multi-year deal to move away from Hobart. But David was pleased to remain with the Hurricanes.
"I'm really happy to be extending my time with the Hurricanes," David said. "I'm thankful to the opportunity they gave me two years ago to be part of this team. The Hurricanes have been an important part of my growth as a player. I believe we have some great talent in this squad and I'm confident that if we play our best cricket we are capable of winning the BBL."
Cricket Tasmania's general manager of high performance, Simon Insley, said securing David for a further two years was vital for the club, particularly while they search for a new head coach after Adam Griffith stood down at the end of the 2021-22 BBL season.
"Despite the fact that we were disappointed with how our season ended this year, we truly believe in the core group of players that we have at the Hurricanes," Insley said.
"Keeping this group will assist us in attracting a reputable candidate to the head coach role.
"Tim has had a meteoric rise over the past two seasons that is a testament to his hard work, we are delighted to have him on board for BBL 12 and BBL 13."
David joins Nathan Ellis, Ben McDermott, Joel Paris, D'Arcy Short and Matthew Wade as Hurricanes who are locked in for next season.

Alex Malcolm is an Associate Editor at ESPNcricinfo