Fresh off helping the Sydney Thunder claim its inaugural Big Bash League title, Cricket ACT director of coaching Aiden Blizzard has called for the champions to bring a game to Canberra next season.
Blizzard played an important cameo in the Thunder's triumphant run chase against the Melbourne Stars at the MCG on Sunday night, smashing 16 off just seven balls late in the match to help them get over the line by three wickets.
Cricket Australia is considering expanding the number of games in the BBL next season to capitalise on its enormous success, opening the door for Manuka Oval to host the Thunder.
"I think Canberra is ready to roll on the BBL front," Blizzard said.
"It would be great to have one Thunder game there at least, so hopefully Cricket Australia extends the regular season next year and we can get a game in Canberra.
"There's no question the sporting fans in Canberra would get behind it so there's no doubt it would be successful."
Blizzard moved to Canberra mid-way through last year, playing with the ACT Comets and ANU to keep himself in good nick ahead of the BBL.
After the red-hot Usman Khawaja laid the platform with a brilliant 70 off 40 balls, Blizzard came to the crease to join Ben Rohrer with the Thunder at 5-146 in the 17th over, still needing 31 to win off 21 balls.
He smashed two boundaries and kept the scoreboard ticking over until being run out by Michael Beer.
"Ben and I were very conscious we didn't want to be chasing too many runs in the last over, so one of us had to go and I was lucky enough to pull the trigger," Blizzard said.
"The MCG is quite short straight so I was looking to target those early, but it ended up I was targeting the longest boundary on the ground.
"It's surreal considering we lost four on the trot, but it's pretty special to be a part of a franchise that was a long way behind the pack."
It was the fifth domestic Twenty20 title Blizzard has won after three with Victoria and one with South Australia.
The 31-year-old is in contract negotiations with the Thunder and hopes to play on for another couple of seasons.
Meanwhile, the ACT Comets were bowled out for 143 on the opening day of their Futures League match with Tasmania at Blundstone Arena, Matt Condon top-scoring with 55.
In reply, Tasmania are 3-170.