Australia’s batsman Rob Quiney, who has been an integral part of Victorian Bushrangers, has announced his retirement following the revamping of a contract list for the Melbourne-based outfit, as he eventually did not find a place in the 2017-2018 Sheffield Shield season’s players’ cut list.
While praising the services of Quiney, the general manager for Cricket Victoria, Shaun Graf, reiterated the batsman has to be an integral part of Cricket Victoria’s family owing to his skill and temperament.
“Rob Quiney has been a tremendous figure in Victorian cricket throughout his highly decorated career,” Graf was quoted as saying by Cricket.com.au.
Following the formation of the contract list, the Bushrangers have omitted the skipper and gloveman Matthew Wade, who has shifted to Tasmania. However, Peter Handscomb was announced as the replacement for Wade as a captain.
Adamant in approach, Graf is hinging on the youngsters and he is looking forward to seeing the players emerging through the ranks in the upcoming season.
“We’ve lost some senior experience for this season, we’re fortunate to have a number of our younger players having gained valuable experience over the last two years and they know what it takes to be successful at first-class level,” Graf further added.
On the other side, all-rounder Marcus Stoinis has already joined Western Australia as a former Test player and slow bowler Michael Beer was overlooked for the next home season in Australia.
Moreover, Cricket Australia CEO, James Sutherland’s son Will Sutherland has also fetched the deal.
“Add young stars Will Pucovski and Will Sutherland to that mix and it’s an exciting time for Victorian cricket – it’s hard to think of a time when we’ve been in a stronger, more successful position in the state’s history,” Graf added.
Interestingly, the Bushrangers has claimed five coveted Sheffield Shield trophies, with Quiney being an integral part of the squad over the past decade.
The left-handed batsman Quiney has, however, failed to cement his spot in the Test set-up, as he scored just nine runs in three innings of two Tests after making his debut against South Africa in November 2012, at Gabba after replacing the then injured all-rounder Shane Watson.
It’s pertinent to point out that Bushrangers won the title consecutively in 2015, 2016 and 2017 respectively after winning it in 2009 and 2010.
“He [Quiney] embodies all of Victoria’s values and it’s a testament to his skill and character that he’s been able to achieve so much success as a player, particularly playing in our five most recent Sheffield Shield titles including the three-peat,” Graf mainatined.
Being the major contributor Quiney has now stepped aside from the gentleman’s game, as he has already claimed Bill Lawry Medals (2010-2012), as he was also nominated the Best Player of the Year from State for the Allan Border Medal in 2012.
“We wish Rob all the best in his future endeavours, and thank him again for his contribution to Victorian cricket,” Graf concluded.
In 96 first-class matches, Quiney amassed 5,674 runs at an average of 36.84. He also registered 11 hundreds and 35 fifties.
Apart from the four-day cricket, Quiney has featured in 78 List-A games and 78 Twenty20 matches respectively.
However, he scored 2,680 runs with the score of 39.41 in the domestic format, as he had registered three hundreds and 23 fifties.
Our squad for 2017-18 is in, with @phandscomb54 the new captain of Victoria! 👍
— Victorian Cricket Team (@VicStateCricket) August 21, 2017