Will Sutherland, son of Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland, has accepted the rookie deal offer with Cricket Victoria and not nominated himself for the Australian Football League draft, effectively signalling his decision to give up on his AFL ambitions to pursue a future in cricket.
“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,” Sutherland said on Sunday (July 16). “I really loved my experience in the recent Under-18 (AFL) 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,” he added. “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.”
Cricket Victoria aren’t complaining. “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,” Shaun Graf, Cricket Victoria’s general manager, said.