Three A-teams to tour Australia early next year

A-teams from India, Pakistan and New Zealand will tour Australia for a the top end series - comprising Twenty20, one-day and four-day fixtures - to be held in Darwin and Cairns in July 2006.

As part of the program, local representative teams from Queensland and the Northern Territory will take part in the series, providing participants with an excellent opportunity to gain experience against some of international cricket's aspirants.

James Sutherland, CEO of Cricket Australia, said the series will be a perfect occasion for cricket fans in Darwin and Cairns to enjoy international cricket in their own backyard. "Having four international teams taking part during what is a relatively quiet time on the international cricket program ensures that some of the world's best cricketers are available to take part in the series, which is a fantastic boost for cricket fans in Darwin and Cairns."