CRICKET Tasmania has refused to commit to help fund a Ricky Ponting testimonial match being planned by the Launceston City Council for next year.
The state cricketing body also will not say whether it will help organise the match which has been proposed to run as an Australia versus the world contest.
The game is intended to be made up of players of Ponting's era, personally selected by the former Australian captain.
A Cricket Tasmania spokeswoman said it was premature to comment on the body's potential involvement.
Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said on Wednesday the council would soon meet Ponting to discuss organising the game.
The last time there was a cricket tribute match of this nature was in 1996 for the David Boon Testimonial.
That game, played at the NTCA grounds, featured some of cricket's biggest names - Jeff Thomson, Dennis Lillee, Greg Chappell, Greg Ritchie and Michael Whitney.
If the Ponting match gets up, the game would be among the first to be played on Aurora Stadium's new drop-in pitch which is scheduled to be ready by next summer.
Ponting has expressed support for a testimonial match at Aurora Stadium in his honour.
"That sounds pretty good to me," he said in December.