Hunt is on for versatile star recruit

ON THE day it delisted two batsmen who are very much ``format specific'', Tasmanian cricket declared it is on the hunt for a batting recruit who can do the job against both the red and white ball.

Tigers officials yesterday announced there would be no new contracts for Shield opener Steve Cazzulino, who had played just 13 first-class games and no limited overs matches since his debut in 2010, and Aiden Blizzard, a noted short-form specialist, less than 24 hours after the domestic summer officially came to an end.

Coach Dan Marsh said a batsman who could dominate in both Shield and 50-over cricket was the state's No. 1 target.

``The more skills they have, the more valuable they will be as a squad member,'' Marsh said.

``[We'll also] add another fast bowler to the list. We know we've got some really good ones, but we know it can be a hard job being a fast bowler, so we want to add to the stock that we've got.

``Anyone we recruit we'll believe that they can play for Australia, whether they are an 18-year-old or a 25-year-old. That's the reason why we're going to recruit them, not only to play for our squad, but also to play for Australia.

``That will be the basis for our recruiting, guys who we think have some hidden talent that maybe the other states haven't seen. But that could come from within our own state, with guys doing well in club cricket.''

Any further list management decisions will depend on Cricket Australia's contract list, with Ed Cowan and Ben Hilfenhaus likely to lose out while Jackson Bird could be upgraded.

General manager of cricket Andrew Dykes said Cricket Tasmania would see this information next week.

Spinner Harry Allanby was also delisted yesterday, to go with the earlier announcement of paceman Ben Laughlin's departure from the Tigers.

Tasmania finished in fifth place on the Shield table and  third in the one-day competition.

The delisting of Blizzard and Laughlin has no bearing on their Hobart Hurricanes contracts.

Steve Cazzulino

Steve Cazzulino


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