Several experienced Australian cricketers, including Ashton Agar, Marcus Stoinis, Jason Behrendorff, and Andrew Tye, have been left out of Western Australia’s contract list for the 2024-25 season. This decision grants them the flexibility to explore freelance opportunities with various franchise teams around the world, and it would be interesting to see how these Australian will move with this decision.

Agar’s absence is particularly notable, as the spin-bowling all-rounder chose not to take a state contract in pursuit of freelance opportunities elsewhere. His decision stems from a lack of playing opportunities in the previous season, with WA’s team management favoring other options.


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Consulting with key figures such as WA’s general manager of high performance, Kade Harvey, coach Adam Voges, Australian coach Andrew McDonald, and chairman of selectors George Bailey, Agar made the tough call to opt for freelance cricket during Australia’s domestic season.

Similarly, Behrendorff and Tye have also chosen the freelance route, despite their contributions to Western Australia’s cricket. Behrendorff, Australia’s reigning T20I player of the year, decided to terminate his existing contract early to enhance his flexibility in pursuing franchise cricket opportunities.

These Australian players to continue with WA cricket :-

Despite not being contracted, Agar, Behrendorff, and Tye will continue to be involved with WA cricket and will be considered for selection in Marsh Cup games when available. Agar has expressed his interest in playing Shield cricket whenever possible, reflecting the players’ commitment to their state team.


Meanwhile, Stoinis, who did not play a single game for WA last season, had long planned to explore freelance opportunities after missing out on a Cricket Australian contract. Despite his absence from domestic cricket, Stoinis remains open to representing WA when available, including in Shield matches.

Stoinis is currently considering the possibility of signing a year-round contract with his IPL franchise, which would allow him to participate in various tournaments worldwide throughout the calendar year.

The omission of these experienced Australian cricketers from Western Australia’s contract list reflects a growing trend of players opting for freelance opportunities to enhance their careers. Despite their absence from state contracts, their commitment to Australian cricket remains strong, as they continue to represent their country and contribute to the sport’s global landscape.

By Ritik Sharma

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