The 38-year-old will spend the summer of 2023–2024 back at home as the Tigers prepare to adjust their senior playing roster.
Peter Siddle, a dependable pacer, has announced that he has played his final game for Tasmania and will rejoin Victoria for the upcoming season to finish his career.
On Friday, the 38-year-old made the highly anticipated announcement via social media, thanking Tasmania for the chance and support over the previous three seasons.
In May 2020, Peter Siddle made the unexpected move to the Apple Isle after three seasons with the Tigers, during which time he amassed 78 wickets at an average of 24.35 through 30 Sheffield Shield and Marsh One-Day Cup matches.
Evergreen paceman Peter Siddle has declared he has played his final game with Tasmania and will return to Victoria for the upcoming season to finish his career.
The 38-year-old thanked Tasmania for the chance and support over the last three seasons as he made the highly anticipated departure on social media on Friday.
Peter Siddle played three seasons for the Tigers, where he amassed 78 wickets at 24.35 over 30 Sheffield Shield and Marsh One-Day Cup games, before making the unexpected move to the Apple Isle in May 2020.
Peter Siddle is believed to have obtained a non-binding oral commitment to play in Victoria for the 2023–24 season when he played the first 63 of his Shield games and won his 67 Test caps, even though he hasn’t signed anything in writing.
“I’ve had a terrific time the last three years. That happened during a trying time in my life, but you people welcomed me and made me feel wonderful, so I appreciate that, said Siddle.
“My experiences there will always have a special place in my heart. Now is the moment to return it using (Victoria). Eagerly forward returning home.
Potential Departures and Trade Rumors Surround Tasmania Cricket Team Ahead of New Season
One of the reasons Victoria sought Peter Siddle was to help them develop their future generation of fast bowlers. Their youthful attack sometimes lacked experience due to James Pattinson’s retirement and Scott Boland’s ascension to the Test team.
Following a poor men’s season in which they placed fifth in the Shield and last in the 50-over competition, Peter Siddle ‘s departure may not be the only one confronting Tasmania this off-season.
Matthew Wade, an Australian T20 gloveman, will not sign a state contract for the upcoming season as part of a mutual understanding to let him play elsewhere in his latter years.
Although a domestic contract won’t constrain him, the 35-year-old will still be ready to play for the Tigers when at home, which might lead to him becoming a wandering gun-for-hire on the franchise T20 circuit.
Following spells with SA20’s Joburg Super Kings and Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League after KFC BBL|12, the left-handed “keeper-batter” is presently preparing for another Indian Premier League season with defending champion Gujarat Titans.
His possible trade to the Melbourne Renegades has been the subject of rumors. It is said that the team intends to swap Sam Harper for Adam Zampa of the Stars once the licensing embargo is removed as a result of the new Memorandum of Settlement among the Australian Cricket Association and the players’ association union. It should be emphasized that he is still bound to the Hobart Hurricanes through BBL|13, despite rumors of a potential deal involving him.
Wade had earlier said that the T20 World Cup in 2017 may have been his final participation in national colors, but recent months indicate that he is eager to advance to the world’s premier competition in the United States and the Caribbean in 2018.
Ben McDermott, who has been closely associated with a return to Queensland, is another Tiger likely to be persuaded to come home.
With batting averages of 20 for Tasmania and 16 for the Hurricanes in BBL|12, McDermott had a rough season and was benched for the Tigers’ last two Shield games. He played for Queensland in the past, but Tasmania has been his home for the past eight years.
Jackson Bird, who led Tasmania’s attack with 31 Shield wickets this season, is out of contract but keen to play on and hoping to secure a two-year deal. Although Tasmania has offered him an initial deal, other states could be interested in the all-time leading wicket-taker for the Tigers.
Nathan Ellis, Tasmania’s right-arm quick, has turned down an approach from NSW to stay with Tasmania, where he will likely have more opportunities to pursue white-ball cricket. While he will still play for Tasmania across the two formats, the state will let him pursue other opportunities during the domestic season if they arise.
In the past, Cricket Tasmania has permitted players to advance their international careers by pursuing T20 chances abroad during the local season. In addition, after the Hurricanes missed the finals in January, Wade and McDermott were permitted to participate in the new SA20 league. Wade and Meredith were released to respective IPL clubs near the close of the 2021–22 season.
Tigers captain Jordan Silk has expressed support for Wade’s decision to play in the PSL, saying that Cricket Tasmania is “fully supportive” of his decision. Billy Stanlake, a recruit for Tasmania, will also be back next season after an injury-plagued summer that yielded a single appearance in the second XI.