Dooley signs with Tasmania and can get a red ball

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Left arm spinner Paddy Dooley has been awarded his first state contract after signing a one-year contract with Tasmania.

The 25-year-old Dooley, whose unorthodox action was modeled on Jasprit Bumrah, was one of last season’s BBL breakout stars, with Hobart Hurricanes initially playing for the Brisbane Heat during the 2021-22 season between the series of Covid replacements.

“I am very excited to sign my first state contract and join the Tigers next season,” said Dooley. “I had a great time last season and learned a lot with Jeff and all the players and staff at the Hurricanes, so it’s great for me that there’s also a move to the Tigers program in a lot of ways.

“I absolutely loved my time in Tasmania at the Big Bash, and this year will be a completely new experience for me as a full-time cricketer, so I can’t wait to get out there and throw myself into it.”

Tasmania head coach Jeff Vaughan believes Dooley could make a mark on red ball cricket.

“Paddy has obviously made his way into domestic cricket through the white ball game, but I think he also has the potential to play all three formats for us,” he said. “To have him supported in a full-time program like ours, where he has access to all the strength and conditioning and other training he needs beyond his cricket skills, we think it will really benefit him as a cricketer.”

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