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Grassroots take centre stage for National Play Cricket Week

September 11, 2017

CEO James Sutherland with WBBL stars Jess Duffin (Renegades) and Alana King (Stars) and a number of junior cricketers in Victoria // CA


Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland will visit all eight states and territories in one week – an unusual and original national tour that will see him showcase all formats of cricket that are available to the Australian public.

Mr Sutherland will play in an a girls-only cricket league, try the new junior cricket formats, play with All Abilities and Indigenous cricketers, and launch the hugely popular MILO in2CRICKET and MILO T20 Blast.

The tour will showcase the fun, inclusive and diverse nature of cricket, whilst also acting as a mini pre-season for Mr Sutherland, who will be pulling on the whites again this summer to join his son in a father and son competition.

“It’s such an exciting time of year. The goalposts are coming down, we can see pitches being prepared, and the smell of cut grass in spring always reminds me of the anticipation of another summer of cricket. I’m looking forward to playing a few games myself this year – a mini ‘comeback’ with my youngest son - and that means it’s time to start getting ready," the Cricket Australia chief said.

“During Play Cricket Week, I’ll be trying out a whole range of cricket playing activities around the country. I’ll pull on board shorts for a session of beach cricket on the Gold Coast in Queensland, I’ll face the bowling with a giant cricket bat in Melbourne to remember what it feels like to be a little kid again – and to show why we have introduced new junior formats, to make the game easier and more fun for children – and I’ll play alongside the All Abilities League in Perth, one of the most inspiring and humbling experiences anyone can enjoy.

“Most of all, I’m really looking forward to visiting all our eight states and territories to hear stories from people who love cricket – and can’t wait for the season to begin,”

Activity 1 - Tasmania

Activity 2 - Victoria

Activity 3 - South Australia

Activity 4 - Northern Territory

Activity 5 - Western Australia

Activity 6 - Queensland

Activity 7 - ACT

Activity 8 - New South Wales