Tasmania are set to enter Wednesday’s JLT Cup final in the hopes of bringing home a first 50-over trophy in nearly a decade for Tigers fans.
But coach Adam Griffith has been left shaking his head over the timing of the competition showpiece.
The Tigers’ last cup win was the 2009-2010 decider over Victoria at the MCG on a Sunday. This year’s interstate final will be at the Junction Oval on Wednesday.
Griffith feared hundreds rather than thousands would turn up amid the working week for the day match.
“We would have loved to have it on a weekend when we know they’d get more people to the game,” he said.
“It would have been a bit weird being WA versus Tasmania and playing the final in Victoria when historically the team that finishes top or higher gets to host the final.”
Second-placed Tasmania did not host any of their six fixtures following just one home game last season too.
Cricket Australia may have avoided embarrassment on Sunday after Victoria won through to the final, inflicting Western Australia’s first loss.
But only after the fourth-placed Victorians advanced to Sunday’s semi-final ahead of NSW, with abandonment of play in the qualifying final.
Griffith also questioned Australian cricket authorities over the current preseason tournament format diminishing the competition.
“If we did go back to the old format of playing it throughout the year on the back of Shield games, one of the positives of that is we get to play on the best venues in the country,” he said.
“We’ve been playing on club grounds and some of the venues haven’t been up to standard. Sometimes when you play on club grounds, you get club performances.”
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