BBL 12: Former Australian paceman James Pattinson has parted ways with his Big Bash League franchise Melbourne Renegades. Pattinson has announced that he will not be a part of the squad for his final year of contract with the Renegades.
Pattinson revealed his decision via social media on Thursday morning. In his message to the cricketing fraternity, Pattinson mentioned that he is willing to spend more time with his family over Christmas and is not going to participate in the upcoming season of KFC BBL.
Pattinson and Melbourne Renegades have mutually agreed to terminate the contract.
Pattinson in his message conveyed that he is having a busy domestic season and cricket commitments. He stated that he will truly need a break after it and will like to spend that time with his family over Christmas. James later thanked Renegades and wished the team all the best ahead of the season.
Pattinson had retired from test cricket in the last year to focus on playing for Victoria. He played a total of six matches for Renegades in an injury-interrupted BBL 11. His short-lived camp was fruitful as he grabbed eight wickets in the previous season.
James Pattinson, 32, had joined Melbourne Renegades on a three-year contract ahead of BBL 10. He withdrew from the final season of his contract to manage his body ahead of a hectic domestic season for Victoria.
Pattinson is currently in the United Kingdom, busy playing his hand for Nottinghamshire at the Vitality English T-20 Blast. He has been marvelous at the County where he was amongst the top 10-wicket takers and scalped 19 wickets in five matches.
Meanwhile, Melbourne Renegades is exploring the best possible replacement for Pattinson. Tom Hogers who is out of contract from Hobart Hurricanes may join Renegades ahead of BBL 13.
BBL 12:Melbourne Renegades Squad:(So Far)
Zak Evans, Aaron Finch, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Nic Maddison, Sam Harper, Mackenzie Harvey, Shaun Marsh, Kane Richardson