Alice Springs To Host Chairman's XI-England Match

Alice Springs To Host Chairman's XI-England Match
Alice Springs To Host Chairman's XI-England Match
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The Cricket Australia Chairman's XI will take on the touring England side at Traegar Park in Alice Springs from 29th to 30th November, Cricket Australia have confirmed.

The venue has been chosen due to Canberra's Manuka Oval being unavailable due to the ground being redeveloped.

"It gives me great pleasure to announce with Minister Conlan that next summer’s Chairman’s XI tour match against England will be played in Alice Springs,” Australia’s Executive General Manager of Game and Market Development Andrew Ingleton said.

"We are excited about this announcement, and about the opportunity to bring elite cricket to the Red Centre.

"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.”

Northern Territory Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister for Tourism, Matt Conlan, added:

"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.

"We’ll be encouraging England supporters to make the trip to Alice Springs for the game, and Tourism NT will use the exposure of the town 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 we now be broken in November."

© Cricket World 2013

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