BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 10: Will Sutherland of the CA XI bowls during the tour match between Pakistan and the CA XI at Allan Border Field on January 10, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde - CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

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As a young sportsman, who has achieved success in two kinds of sports by the age of 17 years, Will Sutherland, has found himself in a highly crucial stage of career related decision making.

Will has excelled more than enough to be a highly an important part age group teams of both Australia Football League and Cricket. He has led Australia at Under-19 level and is also among the most closely watched AFL players at junior level.

But, quite naturally, it is impossible for him to play both the highly demanding sports together and the tough life decision had to be taken which the teenager has done recently.

Cricket over AFL

Will has chosen to play for his Sheffield side Victoria rather than nominating for the AFL draft. The commitment will get him a multi-year rookie deal from the domestic side.

The fast bowling all-rounder admits that even though he had advice from all quarters, it was very difficult to choose between the two highly popular sports.

“This was an incredibly tough decision,” Sutherland said. “Most of the advice that I received was to just follow my passion. That sounds easy enough, but not so much when my passion is for both sports.

Will Sutherland’s decision to choose cricket has become the headline for quite obvious reasons. He was openly touted to be one of the top 10 draft pick in the upcoming AFL season. But, he reveals that the decision was made based on emotions eventually.

“I really loved my experience in the recent Under-18 National Championships when representing Vic Metro and this only made the decision more difficult. When it came down to it, my love and passion for the game of cricket just won out.

A sought after name

Details of Sutherland’s contract with the Bushrangers will not be finalised until a MoU is agreed between CA and the Australian Cricketers Association.

“We’re pleased Will has made this decision and we look forward to supporting him through the rest of his Year 12 studies and his Cricket Pathway,” Cricket Victoria’s general manager Shaun Graf said.

“The full Cricket Victoria squad lists for the upcoming 2017-18 season will be announced following the resolution of an MoU.”

Focus on academics now

Will, whose father James Sutherland is the CEO of Cricket Australia, will be now switching his attention to completing his studies.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed representing my state and country in the under-age ranks and the prospect of potentially being able to continue this at the senior level is very much my dream. I’m excited and relieved about this decision and will now look to focus on completing my Year 12 studies.”


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