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Cricket Australia: National Indigenous Cricket Championships Returns

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The National Indigenous Cricket Championships (NICC) will return to the cricket calendar in Alice Springs from February 22 – February 28, 2023, after a two-year absence due to COVID-19.

The NICC will again bring together some of the most talented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players from across Australia with seven men’s and five women’s teams competing for national titles in the T20 format.

NSW will get defend the men’s and women’s titles they won in 2020 with games to be played at three Alice Springs venues – Traeger Park, Albrecht Oval and Jim McConville Oval.

The Imparja Cup – a tournament for Indigenous cricketers from communities throughout the Northern Territory – will also take place in Alice Springs from February 19-24. The Imparja Cup will feature three divisions – Men’s Major Centres, Men’s Community and Women’s Community.

The NICC is supported by CommBank as part of its commitment to community cricket.

James Allsopp, Cricket Australia Executive General Manager of Community Cricket and Capability said:

“After making the difficult decision to postpone the last two NICCs it’s really exciting to have this event back on the schedule.

“Australian Cricket has made a strong commitment to provide more opportunities for Indigenous Australians and this tournament is an important part of that commitment.

“We’re really pleased that the NICC’s will be part of pathway for young Indigenous players who might be inspired to play cricket by incredible role models such as Ashleigh Gardner and Scott Boland.

“As importantly, we understand that in both in increasing participation and our approach to Indigenous issues we need to be informed by the experiences and ambitions of Indigenous Australians.

“The NICC provide cricket with a wonderful opportunity to connect with Indigenous communities from across Australia and gain the understanding that helps guide our approach to areas such as Reconciliation and Indigenous culture.”

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