Northern Territory Minister for Sport and Recreation Matt Conlan
Darwin To Host Under 19 International Cricket Series
Victor P Taffa
Minister for Sport and Recreation Matt Conlan said Darwin has been chosen to host an Under 19 International cricket series from June 30 – July 12 this year.
“This is great news for Darwin with international cricket returning to the Top End.” Mr. Conlan said.
“We’ve already seen international cricket return to Alice Springs with the Chairman’s XI match against the England Ashes side to be played in November, now this tournament will see some of the best up and coming cricketers in the world play in Darwin.”
“It’s been a priority of this Government to get international cricket back to the Territory in all forms of the game and it’s fantastic to see Cricket Australia so forthcoming in helping us to achieve that goal.”
“We have excellent facilities in the Top End at Marrara and The Gardens and international tournaments like this will help grow the sport here.”
“I encourage everyone to get down and watch the future stars of the sport in action over the tournament and in particular support our own NT Strike team who will play the third-placed team on the final day of the series.”
The teams competing in the series will be Under 19 representative sides from Australia, India and New Zealand, with friendly matches to be played against Papua New Guinea.
Games will be played at Marrara Oval, Gardens Oval and Tracy Village.
Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager Team Performance Pat Howard said the series continued CA’s strong relationship with the Northern Territory and presented a great opportunity to prepare for next year’s Under-19 ICC Cricket World Cup, with the best Australian, Indian and New Zealand underage players on show.
“We are excited about this tournament, which allows us to continue to bring international cricket to the Northern Territory.” Mr. Howard said.
“Our Under-19 team will be keen to make up for their loss against India in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup final last year. We look forward to testing ourselves against India and New Zealand, who are always competitive at this level, and using the series as a yardstick ahead of next February’s ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Dubai.”
The U19 International Series will be held in Darwin from Sunday 30 June until Friday 12 July. Squads will be announced closer to the tournament.