News – SEVEN players under 21, including two 17-year-olds, have been given playing contracts by Cricket Victoria as officials usher in a new era for the men’s team after missing out on a fourth-straight Sheffield Shield title.

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  • SEVEN players under 21, including two 17-year-olds, have been given playing contracts by Cricket Victoria as officials usher in a new era for the men’s team after missing out on a fourth-straight Sheffield Shield title.
  • The Bushrangers nickname will be no longer be used and the youthful the 23-man squad, which includes teenage phenoms Mackenzie Harvey and Will Sutherland, will play simply as Victoria in the 2018-19 summer.
  • Harvey, nephew of former Australian all-rounder Ian, doesn’t turn 18 until September but has also earned a Big Bash contract with the Melbourne Renegades after making 59 off 48 balls in a tour game against England last summer.
  • All-rounder Sutherland, son of Cricket Australia boss James, only turns 19 in October and the Vics have also poached 17-year-old leg spinner Tom O’Donnell from South Australia after the teenager took the most wickets in Adelaide club cricket last summer.
  • Cricket Victoria general manager Shaun Graf said the youth-oriented approach was cricket’s “aggressive” answer to an increase in competition for talent, between states and rival sports.


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