Cricket Tasmania chief executive Nick Cummins held talks on Monday with Launceston City Council to ensure that two Big Bash League fixtures earmarked next season at UTAS Stadium come to fruition.
Cummins first mooted a second Launceston game when Cricket Australia had announced BBL expansion from 43 matches to 59 that included a jump in home games from five to seven.
The Australian Twenty20 competition only 12 months earlier increased from eight to 10 matches for each club that ensured the inaugural clash came to Launceston.
Cummins said the 16,734 in attendance – the biggest Hobart Hurricanes crowd of their season – last December 30 was deserving of a greater slice of the cricketing pie.
“The game in Launceston against Sydney Thunder was a fantastic spectacle,” he said.
“We think with the expansion to the full home and away that it provides to have another game in the Northern market. So ideally a 5-2 split – the five here [in Hobart] may be a challenge too.
“We’ll have to see how the fixturing unfolds, but that’s probably our preference.”
Cummins felt Cricket Tasmania had to stay ahead of the curve after the Big Bash also took off in other markets.
Geelong, Canberra, Alice Springs all hosted domestic T20 matches and Gold Coast will host a T20 international.
“We’re always going to be up against it when we are competing against those venues,” Cummins said
“We have to make sure we are first and foremost promoting Tasmanian cricket.”