Chairman's XI game to be held in Alice Springs
Cricket Australia and the Northern Territory government today announced that the Chairman's XI Ashes tour match against England will be played at Traeger Park in Alice Springs from November 29 to 30.
Cricket Australia's executive general manager of game and market development Andrew Ingleton and Northern Territory minister for sport and recreation and minister for tourism Matt Conlan today made the announcement on the field of Traeger Park. They were joined by Northern Territory Cricket's acting CEO John Stock.
Ingleton said: "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.
“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."
Conlan said: "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 the 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."
The tourists will arrive to Alice Springs on a special direct Qantas Boeing 767 flight from Brisbane on Tuesday 26 November following the first Test. Following the conclusion of the Chairman's XI game, the England squad will depart Alice Springs on a direct flight to Adelaide on Sunday 1 December in preparation for the second Test.
Ingleton added: "Thank you to our airline partner, Qantas, for putting on a direct flight from Brisbane to Alice Springs to help make this game possible."
The Chairman's XI team will be selected later this year by the National Selection Panel, in collaboration with Cricket Australia chairman Wally Edwards.
Tickets for the game will be available at the gate with a portion of the proceeds going towards the development of cricket in the Northern Territory.