Australia paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile was left stunned and disappointed after being dropped by Western Australia from the roster for the 2020-2021 season.
Western Australia has dumped Coulter-Nile, who was a key cog in Australia's World Cup 2019 campaign last year, from their 2020-21 squad announced this week despite his more than a decade of service to the domestic team and helping WA to their third title in six years.
He was the top wicket-taker with 17 wickets at 18.94 in Marsh One-Day Cup last year. The pacer has taken 82 wickets at 21.96 in 39 one-day games along with 116 wickets at 27.59 in 32 First-class games for the WA since making his debut in 2009 apart from 60 international games for Australia.
Expressing disappointment at losing out on a WA contract for the 2020-2021 season, Coulter-Nile is eager to find a new home for the upcoming season and prove the decision-makers wrong.
Coulter-Nile told cricket.com.au: “I'd love to face WA, I'd definitely be fired up for it. I know the boys had nothing to do with the decision and a few of them openly said they were disappointed with it, but any chance I get to prove the decision-makers wrong, I'd definitely take that opportunity.”
On his surprising snub by the WA, the pacer said: “I understand where they’re coming from; they want to win a Shield title and that’s the way they thought they needed to go do it. I wasn’t too shocked. I’d been given word they were going to reward the blokes bowling the most overs, which is fair enough.”
Coulter-Nile added, “But to not even get a minimum contract, say ‘come down, help out the young kids’ … I’ve been involved for 15 years so I feel like I know a bit about the game. To say I was not required at all, I was a bit disappointed, but that’s the way it goes.”
Instead of lamenting, the 32-year-old is looking forward to using his experience as his motivation to re-start his career with another team as he is confident of his game and ready to play for any team in the upcoming season.
He signed off by saying, “I want to play. I was the leading wicket-taker last year in the One-Day Cup, I feel like I'm bowling alright. I feel like I've still got plenty to offer. But there's still so much time before the Marsh Cup begins, we'll just wait and see what happens. But I'm definitely throwing my name out there.”
(With cricket.com.au Inputs)