In a press conference today, SACA has confirmed that a new elite cricket competition, the Premier League, will be launched by SACA in the 2013/14 season and discussions are underway to include an NT team.

Consisting of up to six teams, the Premer League is aimed at reforming SA’s elite cricket pathway so that young local players are given the best opportunity to become ‘first-class ready’.

NT Cricket CEO Andrew Ramsay can see exciting opportunities in this initiative. “We are very pleased that SACA has seen the opportunity in the NT to access a genuinely talented pool of players.  The Board has given strong in-principle support to NT’s involvement in the new SACA Premier League, and whilst we still have some detail to work through, I am extremely confident that the NT Strike will be an inaugural team in this exciting new competition,” he said.

“The Premier League provides access to Australian Cricket’s first class pathway – something that we have sought for a long time.  Territory kids will now have the choice to stay in the NT whilst pursuing their cricket dreams - this is a crucial factor for the future development of cricket in NT.  NT players will be one phone call away from playing first class cricket.”

SACA Director of Cricket Jamie Cox is excited by the potential inclusion of an NT Team. “This structure will expand the player pool and consolidate South Australia’s historical but unofficial partnership with cricket in the Northern Territory,” he said.