Northern Territory Minister for Sport and Recreation Matt Conlan
England Ashes Side To Play In Alice
Victor P Taffa
Minister for Sport and Recreation Matt Conlan and Cricket Australia have announced that international cricket will return to the Territory this year with the Chairman’s XI tour match against England to be played in Alice Springs, from 29-30 November.
Mr. Conlan made the announcement with Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager of Game and Market Development, Andrew Ingleton, at Traeger Park where the match will be held.
“I am absolutely thrilled that we have been able to secure this match and bring international cricket back for Territorians.” Mr. Conlan said.
“The Northern Territory Government has put enormous effort into securing this game over several months, actively working behind the scenes with Cricket Australia.”
“The Ashes is one of the biggest events in Australian sport and for Alice Springs to have a slice of the action in between the first and second Tests of this highly anticipated series is incredibly exciting.”
“It will help grow cricket in the Territory and provide a huge boost for Alice Springs and local businesses.” Mr. Conlan said.
“This game will really see the town come alive, the Centre will be the centre of attention around Australia and in England and should have significant tourism benefits for the Territory.”
“We’ll be encouraging the Barmy Army to make the trip to Alice Springs for the game and Tourism NT will use the exposure of the town and our iconic images will be in media around the world during the match to promote the Territory as a holiday destination in one of our key international markets; the United Kingdom.”
“It’s been 13 years since Traeger Park hosted an international cricket team and I’m delighted this drought will now be broken in November.” Mr. Conlan said.
Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager of Game and Market Development, Andrew Ingleton said Alice Springs was a perfect location for the tour match.
“We are excited about this announcement, and about the opportunity to bring elite cricket to the Red Centre.” Mr. Ingleton said.
“I was here earlier this year to observe emerging Indigenous talent at the Imparja Cup, and I am looking forward to coming back to Alice Springs in November for the Chairman’s XI match.”
“When we were informed that Canberra could not host this year’s Chairman’s XI fixture, we wanted to bring the match to an iconic part of Australia. Alice Springs, set against the backdrop of the MacDonnell Ranges, is an iconic part of our great country and an ideal setting for the game.”
The England International Test team will arrive to Alice Springs on a special direct Qantas Boeing 767 flight from Brisbane on Tuesday 26 November following the First Test.
Following the conclusion of the Chairman’s XI game, the England squad will depart Alice Springs on a direct flight to Adelaide on Sunday 1 December in preparation for the Second Test.
“Thank you to our airline partner, Qantas, for putting on a direct flight from Brisbane to Alice Springs to help make this game possible.” Mr. Ingleton said.
The Chairman’s XI team will be selected later this year by the National Selection Panel, in collaboration with Cricket Australia Chairman Wally Edwards.
Tickets for the game will be available at the gate with a portion of the proceeds going towards the development of cricket in the Northern Territory.