Image: Peter Pickering
The Australian Cricketers' Association Masters will tour regional Victoria in February 2018, playing games in Ararat and Morwell.
Entering its tenth year, the ACA Masters program utilises current and past player to help local cricket associations raise funds and identify home-grown talent.
Returning to Victoria for the first time since 2015, the Masters will take on representative teams from the Ararat and La Trobe Valley regions. The first game will take place at Ararat's Alexandra Oval on Friday 23rd February 2018, before hosting the second at Morwell Recreation Reserve on Sunday 25 February.
Squads and times are yet to be confirmed.
In 2017, the Masters toured regional South Australia and Western Australia, including players such as Simon Katich, Jason Gillespie, Pat Cummins and Shaun Tait.
ACA CEO Alistair Nicholson spoke about the importance of the Masters program.
“A number of elite Australian cricketers come from regional Australia so it’s important to support the growth of the game in these areas.
“The Masters will bring a great deal of knowledge and experience and hopefully we can help and development of a number of young and local cricketers."
The tour will also include in2CRICKET coaching clinics, community visits from the players and a sportsman’s function the night before the game.
The tour is supported by the Ararat Rural City Council, the Latrobe City Council, Grampions Cricket Association and Traralgon and District Cricket Association.