Dan Christian WILL NOT play in the Vitality Blast for Nottinghamshire after an experienced all-rounder gets a surprise call up in Australia at age 38 for white-ball tours of the West Indies and Bangladesh
- Christian, 38, has not played for Australia since 2017, but has been selected
- He will be in a preliminary roster for upcoming Windies and Bangladesh tours
- That will prevent him from playing for Nottinghamshire in Vitality Blast
- Derbyshire’s Ben McDermott has also been named in Australia’s squad
Dan Christian will not lead Nottinghamshire’s Vitality Blast title defense after the veteran all-rounder from the Outlaws was recalled by Australia at the age of 38.
Christian last played for his country in 2017 but returns home, along with Ben McDermott of Derbyshire, to quarantine for a fortnight after being added to a preliminary roster for upcoming whiteball tours of the West Indies and Bangladesh .
“We thank Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire for their cooperation and professionalism in helping Ben and Dan return to Australia,” said Trevor Hohns, Australia’s national selector.
Dan Christian will not play for Notts Outlaws in the Vitality Blast after being called up in Australia
The all-rounder celebrates taking a wicket in the 2020 Blast final victory over Surrey
Half a dozen additional players were named on Tuesday, suggesting that some in the original 23-strong squad don’t want to re-enter a world of bio-safe bubbles after their Indian Premier League experiences – when they were denied immediate passage home after it was announced. tournament was postponed for Covid reasons. The final tour party will be announced later this month.
Christian has captained Nottinghamshire’s two recent T20 winning seasons, but the lead now passes to Steven Mullaney, starting with the opening game against 2018 winners Worcestershire tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Lancashire director of cricket Paul Allott, 64, will step down at the end of the current season.