Former Australia opener Ed Cowan has quit Tasmania to move back to Sydney.
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Cowan enjoyed a six-year stint at the Tigers, and the announcement has left his first-class career in doubt.
The 32-year-old was due to travel to the Alice Springs for his side’s clash with Victoria beginning on Friday.
According to Cricket.com.au, Cowan agreed to a new one-year deal with Tasmania just last month but told reporters he wanted to put his family first and move back to his home city.
“I told Dan Marsh and my teammates on Sunday that from a cricketing point of view I won’t be playing cricket for Tasmania next year and it’s with a very, very heavy heart that I told them,” Cowan is quoted as saying by Cricket Australia.
“It’s time to be a family man who plays cricket rather than a cricketer with a family.
“And that’s a very hard decision to make when cricket has been your number one priority for 15 years.
“But times change I guess and it’s for a purely personal reason that we’re going to be moving back to Sydney.
“I’m very sad but I’m confident it’s he right thing to do.”
He said he was still hopeful of forcing his way back into the Test side if the opportunity arose, however he has not yet spoken to New South Wales in regards to a deal.
Cowan has played 18 Tests for Australia, scoring 1,001 runs at an average of 31.28.