LAUNCESTON will host a star-studded new format competition to christen Aurora Stadium as a major cricket venue.
The innovative concept seeks to build on the Twenty20 phenomenon with negotiations already under way to lure ``several former Australian Test cricketers'' to take part.
The Aussie 15s competition will be the first time Launceston's 20,000-capacity venue has been used for cricket and make use of a drop-in wicket which has been grown next to the ground since February.
The six NTCA clubs will each be aligned to a Launceston hotel and compete under experimental new rules with the prospect of high-profile guest performers.
The concept seeks to ``establish a new and exciting cricket competition which will engage sporting followers across Tasmania''.
The competition is being supported by Tasmania's three-time Sheffield Shield winning coach Tim Coyle, who is fresh back from his new role assisting the Australian women's team on their Ashes tour.
Negotiations are under way with the Hobart Hurricanes to play a practice match after the competition's final in December.