Canberra To Host Australian Country Cricket Championships Between Jan. 7-14
Cricket ATC is set to host the 30th Commonwealth Bank Australian Country Cricket Championships which will be held across Canberra from Jan. 7-14. The competition will see six teams comprising Western Australia, New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland, Victoria and the Int'l Cricket Council East Asia Pacific region battling across the seven-day carnival in a mixture of two-day, one-day and Twenty20 matches. The tournament will conclude with the Prime Minister XI match against England on Jan. 14 and a presentation to name the 2014 Australian Country XI (Cricket Australia). In Canberra, Lee Gaskin reported Canberra will host the championships "despite Cricket ATC withdrawing from the tournament to focus on its high-performance programs." Cricket ACT CEO Mark Vergano said that "the decision not to field a team would allow more resources to go into its under-15, under-17, under-19 and Futures League programs." He said, ''In agreement with Cricket Australia we've made this decision to streamline our pathway in the 15s, 17s, 19s and Futures League to develop players to move interstate and to go to first-class level" (CANBERRA TIMES, 12/12).