Australia’s most talented Indigenous cricketers have taken to the fields in Alice Springs this week for the National Indigenous Cricket Championships.
Seven men’s and six women’s state and territory teams are competing for the national titles.
The tournament is also a chance for up-and-coming players to make a bid for selection in the women’s and men’s national Indigenous squads.
The Indigenous squads have an extra carrot on offer this year, with both teams set to tour England to commemorate 150 years since an Aboriginal XI toured the UK in 1868.
“Over the last three years, the National Indigenous Cricket Championships has provided a platform to grow participation as well as shine a light on Indigenous talent,” Cricket Australia head of community cricket Kieran McMillan said.
“In the last 12 months alone, two past stars of this event – Ashleigh Gardner and D’Arcy Short – have gone on to make their debuts for Australia.
“We’ve also seen yet another huge spike in Indigenous participation over the last 12 months, with now more than 54,000 participants – close to 50 percent growth since this time last year.”
The Imparja Cup that features community teams from across Australia runs concurrently with the NICC.
Men’s matches began on Monday and women’s begin today.
Matches will start at 10am and can be followed live at nicc.cricket.com.au