The Hobart Hurricanes have again received the short straw when it comes to scheduling the summer of cricket in Tasmania. Whenever Hobart receive a Test Match to be played at Blundstone Arena it would always be played just before Christmas. Crowds would be poor because people were busy Christmas shopping and preparing for the holiday season. Now Hobart has lost a Test Match to Canberra who is hosting a Test Match for the first time.
Cricket Tasmania has been lobbying Cricket Australia to get a traditional date on the cricket calendar similar to how Melbourne gets a Test Match on Boxing Day and Sydney get a Test in the New Year. Adelaide also get a traditional match on Australia Day. Cricket Tasmania lobbied to get a New year or Boxing Day BBL match this season. What they were given was Christmas Eve.
Crowds again will be poor. Traditionally BBL crowds before Christmas are low and pick up once the holiday season kicks in. In Hobart on Christmas Eve the younger generation will be at Salamanca for the traditional Christmas break up parties and families will be at home wrapping presents and watching Carols by Candlelight on TV. I expect crowds will be poor.
Why can’t Cricket Tasmania try something a little more creative?
Why can’t Cricket Tasmania try something a little more creative? Why not try a traditional date like December 29? David Boon’s Birthday. It could be called Boonies Birthday Bash. Unbelievably the Hobart Hurricanes have home games on December 28 and 30. The 29th has not even come into Cricket Tasmania’s thinking.
During the IPL in India The Mumbai Indians have a match every year on Sachin Tendulkar’s birthday. During the innings break Sachin is presented with a birthday cake and the whole crowd sing happy birthday to him. Why can’t this be done to Boonie?