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Big bash for Canberra?

By johnboy - 12 January 2012 30

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The Daily Telegraph has musings from Cricket Australia about expanding the woefully named Big Bash League to include a Canberra team next year.

THE Gold Coast, Canberra, Newcastle and Geelong are all in the running to have a Big Bash team as soon as next summer as the reinvigorated Twenty20 competition continues to explode.

With ratings and crowds surging ahead of expectations, Cricket Australia has already began looking at further expansion years ahead of its original timetable.

The long dream of being able to trek down to Manuka Oval after work for a top notch T-20 match finally draws closer.

[Photo courtesy Cricket Australia.]

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Big bash for Canberra?
poetix 7:41 pm 12 Jan 12

Where’s the elegance? Or the long drawn out battles between bowler and batsman? Sigh.

Deckard 7:09 pm 12 Jan 12

Heavs said :

No lights = no BB.

Wouldn’t they play at Canberra Stadium? The short boundaries would suit the format.

dtc 6:24 pm 12 Jan 12

Primal said :

But all the highlighter colours have been taken already? We’d have to wearing a fetching beige-and-grey combo.

Surely we could stake a claim to take back the lime green from whichever sydney team has it (I cant believe that after all the complaints about how hard it is to figure out where the super 15 rugby teams come from that they still decided to promote the team name rather than team location)

anyway, lime green is our colour. i remember lime green milk and breach in 1989.

Tooks 4:40 pm 12 Jan 12

Pfft. That’s not real cricket.

Waiting For Godot 4:08 pm 12 Jan 12

Gee, more pictures on TV of sportsmen at Manuka Oval with rows of completely empty seats behind them.

Holden Caulfield 2:36 pm 12 Jan 12

Heavs said :

No lights = no BB.

Easy fix, surely. Tell Kevin Sheedy it would be great to have lights at Manuka and then we can build them with GWS funds, haha.

EvanJames 2:34 pm 12 Jan 12

… and they said Packer’s one-day comp would be the end of cricket. They certainly didn’t envisage this abomination!

watto23 2:12 pm 12 Jan 12

I think the only failure is the two teams in Sydney and Melbourne. Plus the generic flouro uniforms, each team a seperate colour. What would have been the issue if one team wanted to be blue and white, another blue and yellow for example?

Still i’d go watch a T20 game after work if we had lights at Manuka. They’ll probably play Canberra games as double headers starting at 3pm though instead 🙂

Prefer to have a test match at Manuka once every few years, eg this year they could have played either a 3 test series against NZ or 5 against India.

astrojax 2:07 pm 12 Jan 12

Heavs said :

No lights = no BB.

everyone brings a candle?

Heavs 1:52 pm 12 Jan 12

No lights = no BB.

Holden Caulfield 1:14 pm 12 Jan 12

After seeing the commentators get excited about a crowd record at Bellerive the other night (IIRC it was 13,000+) I was wondering why we don’t already have a Comets team playing in the Big Bash.

Would have been the perfect opportunity to get Canberra on the cricketing map for a few hits and giggles.

Chop71 1:06 pm 12 Jan 12

Is that why I had a missed call from Cricket Australia on my phone …. Yes, I am available 🙂

Thumper 12:56 pm 12 Jan 12

About time really…

gertel 12:51 pm 12 Jan 12

Hey this is great news – and I think ‘Big Bash’ is quite a good name, it is a slog fest after all.

Note for those without Foxtel, the T20 isn’t available with Foxtel on the Xbox – a friend found this out the hard way after subscribing for a month just to watch the Big Bash.

Primal 12:14 pm 12 Jan 12

But all the highlighter colours have been taken already? We’d have to wearing a fetching beige-and-grey combo.

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