Clarke’s return a huge boost for premier cricket

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Yesterday’s announcement that former Australian Captain Michael Clarke was making a comeback to cricket is a big win for the growth of the game at local level according to Australian Coach Darren Lehmann.

"It's good to have those guys back that have been greats of the game,” Lehmann said. “He'll be great for the young guys in whatever format and teach them how to play the game, which is what we want from our older guys, staying in the game."

Clarke’s return adds further support to the objectives of the ACA’s Premier Cricket Program which aims to:

  • Retain ACA Members in Premier Cricket through playing and coaching
  • Provide a higher level competition for all players involved in Premier Cricket
  • Excite, inspire and improve the next generation of Australian elite cricketers;
  • Support the development of emerging talent.

When the ACA Premier Cricket Program was launched in June 2015 the then Australian Test captain Michael Clarke supported the program by saying:

“Every player who represents a State, Big Bash League or Australian team comes through the Premier Cricket system. While for some of us the opportunities at the moment to play at club level are limited, having competitive and testing competitions influenced by experienced and knowledgeable players is vital.”

Yesterday Clarke confirmed that his comeback game will be for his NSW grade cricket club Western Suburbs in a match against Randwick-Petersham starting on 20th February.

Western Suburbs Cricket Club has embraced the ACA’s Premier Cricket Program in season 2015-16 by engaging former first class players Wayne Seabrook and Mark Ray in coaching roles within the club. Club President David Gilbert, also an ACA Member said that the ACA Premier Cricket Program was “a great initiative by the ACA with a positive effect on Premier Grade Cricket.”

The ACA Premier Cricket Program supports 102 ACA Members across 83 Premier Clubs around the country and has already received some excellent feedback halfway through the first year of the program.

For further information on the Premier Cricket Program please contact Brendan Drew on 03 9698 7210 or bdrew@auscricket.com.au.