Two Hobart Hurricanes players have stormed into the Indian Premier League after signing contracts to see out the 2021 cricket season.
- Hurricanes fast bowler Nathan Ellis and batsman Tim David have signed deals with the Indian Premier Team
- Ellis’s selection came on the day of his announcement as a reserve player for the Australian T20 World Cup Squad
- The pair come into the competition after withdrawals from several other players
Recent Australian debutant Nathan Ellis and Singaporean Tim David have penned deals to play with the Punjab Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore respectively.
The duo’s signing comes after the withdrawal of multiple international players from the rescheduled IPL series in the United Arab Emirates, including Australians Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith.
Ellis signed with the Punjab Kings on the same day as his selection to Australia’s T20 world cup squad.
With the Kings, Ellis will have the opportunity to work under bowling coach Damien Wright, who also lives in Tasmania.
Cricket Australia chief selector George Bailey said Ellis’s success was a testament to his dedication.
“In terms of what you’re after from those reserves and knowing we can’t carry that many of them, you want someone who can cover as many bases as you can, particularly in T20, and the distinct roles of bowling with the newer ball and finishing off at the death.
“We feel like Nathan covers those bases really well.
“He gives it his absolute all. He’s a terrific team man to have with the group and someone we see as having a really strong future in the Australia-coloured clothing.”
Rising star David catches selectors’ eye
Cricketer Tim David’s rise has been just as meteoric. He has become the first Singaporean cricketer to secure an IPL deal.
He replaces New Zealand batsman Finn Allen in the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad.
This winter, David has signed up for five professional teams, with the Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League, Surrey in County Cricket, Southern Brave in the Hundred, St Lucia Kings in the Caribbean Premier League and now RCB in the IPL.
Both Ellis and David featured in local grade cricket in Tasmania this year, with Ellis turning out for Lindisfarne and David for Launceston-based Greater Northern Raiders.