In a massive coup for cricket in the north, NT Cricket and Cricket Tasmania have signed an agreement that will see the Hurricanes join the men’s NT Strike League in 2019. As part of the agreement, the Hurricanes will become the competition’s fifth team in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

The team will comprise Hobart Hurricanes-listed players as well as members of the Hurricanes Academy.

The agreement will also see the Tasmanian men’s cricket team host their two-week pre-season camp in Darwin and play a series of one-day matches against the Northern Territory men’s team.

Commenting on the announcement, NT Cricket CEO Joel Morrison said this agreement was one of the most significant developments for the game in the Northern Territory.

“This agreement is a game changer for cricket in the north, providing an unprecedented opportunity for Territory players to play against a professional cricket team in an NT competition, in their own backyard.

“It also highlights the strength of cricket in the Territory, with Cricket Tasmania specifically choosing to travel to Darwin for the next three years to take advantage of the wonderful facilities, talent and climate in the north.

“The NT Strike League has been an incredible success story since it launched in 2017, and this partnership will take the event to a whole new level. Everyone at NT Cricket is looking forward to using this unique opportunity to further develop players, coaches and umpires in the Territory.”

Cricket Tasmania’s General Manager of High Performance Drew Ginn said, “this has been great partnering with NT Cricket to develop a plan for our players and program for the next few years. To be able to head north for an exciting competition like the NT Strike League will be an asset to our program. It’s about connecting the south and north of Australia through cricket.”

“Playing matches against high quality opposition in the NT men’s team during the week, aside from the Strike League, on the first-class facilities at Marrara will benefit the senior players in our program too,” said Tasmanian Tigers and Hobart Hurricanes Head Coach, Adam Griffith.

Tigers and Hurricanes Academy batsman, Charlie Wakim, played in the 2018 instalment of the NT Strike League and is looking forward to the possibility of a return.

“It’s an opportunity to gain valuable match practice against quality opposition from the NT and other interstate players,” said Wakim.

“Playing games during preseason is great for players to put into practice all the things you’ve been working hard on.”

The NT Strike League will commence on Sunday 4 August and conclude on Sunday 25 August.