The son of former Australian Test and One Day International player Simon O’Donnell has signed on with the Melbourne Renegades as the club’s Development Rookie for the KFC BBL|05.
Tom O’Donnell, 18, is a left-arm pace bowler with the Victorian U19 Metro squad.
He will be joined at the Renegades by Community Rookie Gehan Seneviratne, a leg-spinner also with the Victorian U19 Metro squad.
O’Donnell said he was excited about the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the world.
“I was extremely grateful to get the opportunity, it's a great chance to learn from the best of the best and absorb as many tips and tricks as I possibly can to try and improve my cricket,” O’Donnell said.
“To be able to watch the best cricketers in the country play at full throttle is extremely exciting. The crowds are so engaged in their respective teams and wear the colours with pride and there’s nothing better than that.”
Seneviratne has both Singaporean and Sri Lankan heritage and is currently completing a civil engineering degree at La Trobe University.
“I am absolutely over the moon about this opportunity to be the community rookie at the Renegades,” Seneviratne said.
“This is kind of a dream coming into reality as I get to be around some of the best players in the world like Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Cameron White, Aaron Finch, James Pattinson and Peter Siddle to name a few. I don’t think excitement levels could get any higher to be honest.”
Melbourne Renegades CEO Stuart Coventry said the rookies would gain valuable experience in the elite environment.
“It’s great to have Tom and Gehan join us at the Renegades this season. We’re pleased to give them an environment where they can learn from both our players and coaching staff and in due course take their games to the highest level they can,” Coventry said.
Development Rookie: Tom O’Donnell
Community Rookie: Gehan Seneviratne