Cricket Tasmania and Auckland Cricket are forming a trans-Tasman partnership with the goal of development both on and off the field.
As a result, the Hobart Hurricanes Academy will play two T20 practice matches against the Auckland Aces as a warm up for their respective Super Smash and Big Bash campaigns later this year.
The Hurricanes Academy will travel to New Zealand to take on the Aces on Eden Park’s Outer Oval in a T20 practice match on Friday 1 December at 4pm open to the public
“We are delighted to form a partnership with Auckland Cricket,” Cricket Tasmania Chief Executive Nick Cummins said.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to share best practice with the leading cricket association in New Zealand with a view of improving both organisations.”
An agreement between the two parties also factors in the Hurricanes WBBL and Auckland Hearts sides, with Auckland hoping to return the favour next season and send both their men’s and women’s sides across the Tasman.
“This relationship will provide great development opportunities for our men’s program in the immediate future, but ultimately we hope it will grow to incorporate our women’s program as well as learning and development opportunities for our high-performance staff,” Cummins said.
Auckland Cricket CEO Iain Laxon says the association want to build strong links with the Australian franchise.
“We see this relationship as something that can be very beneficial for players, coaching staff and administrators from both sides. We are excited to start the connection with Tasmania, and really looking forward to seeing the Hurricanes on our shores in December,” said Laxon.
“We hope that this is the start of a very beneficial relationship and something that we can expand into other areas as we move forward.”