International Twenty20 cricket tournament coming to Lismore
EIGHT teams are set to compete in the International Cricket Council East-Asia Pacific Twenty20 Men's Trophy cricket tournament in Lismore next month.
Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, Cook Islands, Samoa, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea have all finalised squads for the five-day carnival starting November 19.
The tournament winners will advance through to the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in Scotland next year.
The top six teams from that competition will qualify for the main ICC Twenty20 World Cup the following year.
"It's great to be able to host an international event which is aligned with the ICC," Lismore tourism co-ordinator Mitch Lowe said.
"It will showcase Lismore to parts of the world when the event gets coverage overseas.
"It's definitely the type of event we want to run with the great cricket facilities we have."
PNG are the defending champions of the T20 tournament after beating Vanuatu in New Zealand last year.
Fiji finished third and has already arrived in Australia with a development tour and training camp in Brisbane.
"Lismore loves it sport and we are proud of our premier facility at Oakes Oval and also Heaps, Blair and Mortimer Ovals," Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell said.
"Our community also extends the hand of friendship to the visiting teams and welcome them to the region."
The top four nations excluding PNG and Vanuatu will also take part in 50-over games in Lismore after the conclusion of the T20 tournament.
The winner of the 50-over competition will join Vanuatu in the World Cricket League Division 6.
"It promises to be our best senior men's event ever as the game continues to grow at a fast pace," ICC Regional Development Manager East Asia-Pacific Kieran McMillan said
"The Lismore public can be assured that the standard of cricket on show will be both of a high standard and extremely entertaining.
"The atmosphere created at East Asia-Pacific events is truly unique and I would encourage the local community to come along and support these developing nations as they battle it out to be one step away from a place on the world stage."