International Twenty20 invite for Vics
The Victotian Bushrangers have been invited to play in the international Twenty20 cricket club tournament in England in September.
Organisers, who are seeking approval from England's Test and County Cricket Board and International Cricket Council, have about $400,000 in prizemoney available, with each competing team guaranteed a minimum $25,000 plus expenses.
The group, which staged a smaller competition last season, has invited Victoria, Australia's domestic Twenty20 winner, to compete against teams from England, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Pakistan. The Leicestershire tournament's timing would fit neatly into Victoria's pre-season preparations.
Cricket Victoria chief executive Ken Jacobs said the invitation suggested games would be played over a week, with matches on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
"The advantage of playing at Leicestershire is that they have lights," he said. "So they can play a game or two during the day and another at night.
"Last year, they played the two semi-finals during the day and the final at night, and of course there was great crowd interest and television exposure."
Jacobs said Cricket Victoria was waiting to hear back from the England and Wales Cricket Board and ICC for approval, which is mandatory to allow the Victorians to compete, but otherwise the venture seemed a great opportunity.