An initiative of NT Cricket, Cricket 365 comes to life each winter in partnership with Cricket Australia and state and territory cricket associations around the country, providing an opportunity for the best young players in Australia to head north to enhance their game during the sport’s traditional offseason. 
 
The program aims to showcase and develop Australia’s emerging stars, enhance the development of Territory players, coaches and officials, and showcase Darwin and Palmerston as a destination. 
 
NT Cricket’s partnership with CDU sees the Territory’s University take on naming rights of the CDU Strike League and CDU Top End T20 cricket competitions, which form the basis of the Cricket 365 program. 
 
52 players will take part in the 6 week CDU Strike League in 2022 with four NT franchise teams – City Cyclones, Desert Blaze, Northern Tide and Southern Storm – battling it out across a mix of Twenty20 and 50 over games from 26 June to 7 August. 
 
The CDU Strike League is a prelude to the major cricket event of the dry season, the CDU Top End T20, which will see the Northern Territory Strike take on Papua New Guinea, a Cricket Australia XI, and academy teams from Big Bash League clubs the Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars. 
 
The five teams will face off in a festival of cricket with 11 consecutive days of action packed T20 matches from 11 to 21 August. 
 
After a false start in 2021 due to challenges presented by the pandemic, the Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars are eagerly anticipating their trip north. 

Melbourne Renegades General Manager, James Rosengarten said the Renegades are excited to head to the Top End. 

“We’re excited to have our Renegades involved in this year’s Top End series, particularly after not being able to compete last year due to the pandemic.
 
“This series provides our players with an added development opportunity and invaluable match practice ahead of the Big Bash, whilst allowing us to invest in our Academy pathway and build a broader talent pool around our BBL-contracted players.”

Melbourne Stars General Manager Blair Crouch said the Melbourne Stars have been looking forward to getting to Darwin to play in the Top End series, especially after not being able to compete last year.
 
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for the Stars Academy players to showcase their skills and talent against quality opposition and also to give further opportunities to those on the verge of a BBL contract.”

Returning to Darwin for the first time in 5 years, Papua New Guinea (PNG) Cricket CEO Greg Campbell said the PNG Barramundis are super excited to come to Darwin and be a part of the CDU Top End T20.

“It has been a couple of years in the making with COVID spoiling our plans to join Cricket 365 last year.
 
“We have just launched our major competition here in PNG which will lead into Cricket 365 and assist players prepare for their trip to the Top End.
 
“Cricket PNG are keen to continue to build our relationship with NT Cricket and look forward to being involved with Cricket 365 for years to come.”
 
Speaking on the plans for Cricket 365 in 2022, NT Cricket CEO Joel Morrison said he was pleased with the evolution of the program following last year’s successful launch. 
 
“Our launch of Cricket 365 proved to be a game changer for both our local community and Australian cricket more broadly. 
 
“Having Australia’s best young players in Darwin and Palmerston over winter allows them to pursue an endless summer to develop their game and thrive. 
 
“It also provides a strong pathway to professional cricket for Territorians, with a national competition now staged annually in our backyard.  
 
“Beyond the cricket field, Cricket 365 also presents a broader opportunity for the Territory, with games broadcast to a global audience of over 1 million people in 2021. 
 
“Our partnership with CDU centres on this opportunity, with both NT Cricket and CDU having a shared vision to showcase the Territory as a leading destination to live, study, work and play, to a global audience.” 
 
CDU Vice-Chancellor Scott Bowman said the partnership would support CDU reaching international markets to attract students to study in Australia and promoted the liveability of the Territory.  
  
“We’re delighted to be part of supporting Territory cricket getting the recognition it deserves across the country – and to the rest of the world.  
 
“By promoting Darwin as a top destination to visit, and enjoy cricket, we can showcase the Territory as the ideal place to study, work and live. 
 
“The international broadcast of these matches will help CDU promote study opportunities to potential students in key international markets.” 

Minister for Major Events, Paul Kirby said Territorians absolutely love watching cricket, and we punch above our weight in producing quality players at all levels and genders.

“We welcome the opportunity to join with Cricket 365 to continue to provide opportunities for young players, and to promote the Territory. 

“There’s only one place to watch elite cricket in Australia in August and that’s here in Darwin.”
 
Further details on the CDU Strike League and CDU Top End T20 including playing squads, livestream information and ticketing details will be released over coming weeks.