Mumbai, New South Wales to play biennial T20
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."