Mumbai and New South Wales news November 24, 2011

Mumbai, New South Wales to play biennial T20

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mumbai and New South Wales will play a Twenty20 match every two years on a reciprocal basis as part of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the cricket boards of the respective teams. The first game has been planned for September 2012 in Sydney, and the boards have agreed on greater co-operation in the field of coaching at the junior levels and in women's cricket.

"We have been exploring the idea since 2008," Dr Harry Harinath, chairman of Cricket NSW and a member of the board of directors at Cricket Australia, told ESPNcricinfo. "The whole thing came along to fruition also because the new NSW government is exploring the possibility of signing an MOU with the state of Maharashtra for the benefit of both states, so we thought cricket will form a link.

"We looked at how strong the Mumbai Cricket Association is, and we have a similar history at New South Wales. We have a similar history in terms of the number of Test players, and we've won the domestic competition a similar number of times. We thought if we can get together and exchange ideas, not just in terms of playing cricket but in the training programmes, in the sports science field and the coaching field, then it will benefit both the states."

The trophy for the biennial event will be named after Mark Taylor and an Indian cricketer chosen by the MCA. "This is a complementary thing to give an opportunity to upcoming, young talented players who can make a mark. The nitty-gritty has to be sorted by the two CEOs.

"We'd like to call them usually in the month of September in Australia, because in Sydney, at the time, there is a week-long festival called Parramasala. It's held in a region of Sydney called Parramatta where a majority of Indians and South Asians live. It's a week of Indian culture, drama, art; we get artists from India. We thought by playing a short game of Twenty20, it'll fit in nicely to add colour to that."

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  • Andrew on November 25, 2011, 22:45 GMT

    @Gizza - like the idea but ".. it is just for the fun.." is for T20. A shield v County "Super Bowl" would have to be 100% serious!

  • sreekant on November 25, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    @gizza i also had same thought for many years why not the counties frm different countries play 4 day games , so that it would help young players how to adopt to different conditions and even it would create lots of interest among viewers than the champions league .

  • wayne on November 25, 2011, 1:49 GMT

    Naming a T20 trophy after Mark Taylor? The world has gone topsy turvy. As much as I respect Tubby (and I do rate him very highly), one thing he was never going to be was a T20 player. Still, it's not really about him as a cricketer as much as him as a respected figure in NSW cricket. This sounds like a good idea actually, although you would hope it would be more often than every two years!

  • Andrew on November 25, 2011, 0:48 GMT

    Nice warm & fuzzy story. I wonder if full strength sides will be fielded though?

  • Girik on November 24, 2011, 23:50 GMT

    I've always wondered why aren't there more matches between states/counties of one country and another. More than just the Champions League and more than just T20 (50 over and 4 day matches too). I know in Rugby League there is the "World Club Chamionship" between the winners of the English Super League and Australian NRL. Why can't there be a first-class "Ashes" between the winner of the Sheffield Shield and the winner of the County Championship. The winners/finalists of the Ranji Trophy, SuperSport Series, State Championship, Quaid-E-Azam, Red Stripe Trophy amongst others should also get involved in tours. I'm do believe at least a first-class Ashes would get sold out in England at least the first time around because of the curiousity. Even if it is only one match (but perhaps make it three) it is just for the fun and novelty and bringing first-class cricketers around the world together.

  • Shredder on November 24, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    Good Idea. I only hope that the motto "co-operation in the field of coaching at the junior levels and in women's cricket" is not forgotten.

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