ACT happy with niche role in new structure
Cricket ACT chief executive Mark Vergano.
Cricket ACT is confident it has established itself as a niche market within Australian cricket and is hoping to build on that when the new, independent Cricket Australia board comes into power in October.
At an extraordinary general meeting last Friday, the old state-based board voted to reduce its numbers from 14 to six representatives from the cricketing states, as well as adding three independent board members.
Cricket ACT chief executive Mark Vergano said it was too early to know exactly how the change might affect the nation's capital until the final make-up of the board was known.
But Vergano was comfortable with where Canberra has established itself in the cricketing landscape.
The Prime Minister's XI game has once again become a permanent fixture in the Aussie summer.
A Chairman's XI will play Sri Lanka at Manuka Oval and the ACT has a deal with Cricket NSW for their state team to play one Sheffield Shield and one one-day domestic game here each year.
As part of Canberra's centenary, the Australian team will play here for the first time when the Aussies test Manuka's new lights in a day-night game against the West Indies on February 6.
And Vergano wants to continue to build that program with the new board.
''We are and have been positioning ourselves as a niche market … and we've been looking for matches and as the appropriate match comes up we'll certainly be there [trying to lure it to Canberra],'' he told The Canberra Times.
''The lights and the improvements that are going to go on here at Manuka, obviously increased capacity and so on, gives us a far better chance of competing for particular matches.''
He thought the expected growth of the Big Bash League would open the way for domestic Twenty20 games to be played in Canberra - with one of the Sydney teams possibly playing a game at Manuka and eventually Canberra fielding its own team.