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National Play Cricket Week sees Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland showcasing grassroots cricket like never before

September 08, 2017

Cricket Australia’s Chief Executive Officer, James Sutherland, will be donning a diverse and colourful array of cricketing uniforms next week, as he travels around Australia to promote National Play Cricket Week.


Mr Sutherland will take part in a cricket activity in all eight states and territories in just six days – an unusual and original national tour that will see him showcase all formats of cricket that are available to the Australian public.


He 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.


“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,” he said.


James’s itinerary for National Play Cricket Week is as follows:


Sunday September 10, Hobart

North Hobart Cricket Club

Showcasing Club Cricket Community Impact


Monday September 11, Melbourne

Edinburgh Cricket Club, North Fitzroy

Showcasing New Junior Formats


Monday September 11, Adelaide

Adelaide High School, West Terrace

Showcasing Girls Cricket Leagues


Tuesday September 12, Alice Springs

Yirara College, Alice Springs

Showcasing Indigenous Cricket


Wednesday September 13, Perth

Murdoch University Sports Ground

Showcasing All Abilities cricket


Thursday September 14, Queensland

Surfers Paradise

Showcasing Beach Cricket


Friday September 15, Sydney

Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour

Launching Junior Program, MILO in2CRICKET and MILO T20 Blast


Friday September 15, Canberra

Action Indoor Sports, Kambah

Showcasing Indoor Cricket


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