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Cricket China director Tony Harrison lashes out at Canberra’s bid to poach Test

Canberra’s bid to poach Test cricket from Hobart has come under fire from Tasmania’s Cricket director, who claims the island state is competing against “fat cat bureaucrats” and a mentality inside CA headquarters that places money ahead of what is good for the game.
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Officials in Hobart are on edge ahead of the city’s first Test in three years and first since a redevelopment of Blundstone Arena amid projections of disappointing crowds to witness the first Test against the West Indies from Thursday.

Manuka Oval, meanwhile, is waiting in the wings to take advantage in an effort to be awarded a first-ever Test on the six-match program next summer.

ACT Cricket chief executive Cameron French told Fairfax Media last week CA needed to consider whether the Canberra community would support a Test match – “the answer is a resounding yes” – after successful one-day internationals, a World Cup match and a Big Bash League final there.

Their push, backed by the ACT government, is being seen in Hobart as a campaign that is in contravention of CA’s internal “One Team” policy, and CA’s Tasmania-based director Tony Harrison lashed out at the nation’s capital in an interview with ABC Grandstand.

“I have read comments like ‘we deserve the Test, Hobart doesn’t’ kind of thing, I don’t think that’s helpful,” Harrison told the ABC.

“We are going through a process in n cricket at the moment called One Team, which is the states and Cricket all acting as one, and what has disturbed me most out of Canberra is that it is hardly ‘one team’ behaviour.

“We [CA] spent a lot of money and effort getting this One Team thing going, and here instantly we have an issue … I think that is disappointing.”

Harrison was formerly chairman of Cricket Tasmania as well as a CA director but vacated the chairmanship recently to retain a spot on the nine-member CA board as part of the organisation’s transition away from state representatives to independents.

The public relations guru continues to support his home state, though, offering a reminder that Cricket Tasmania was one of six owners of CA and ACT Cricket was not, and revealed divisions within head office over the subject.

“There are certainly people in Cricket management who don’t necessarily look at it from a cricket perspective; they look at it from the dollars and cents perspective. But that’s why we have a board of directors,” Harrison said.

“The workers of Tasmania are competing with the fat cat bureaucrats in Canberra who have the highest disposable income in .”

Tasmanians will now have a chance to vote with their feet from Thursday. Ticket prices have been cut by 30 per cent, a giant billboard sits over the main street imploring people not to be “a Daryl” (a Daryl being, according to the advertising campaign, someone who makes an excuse not to go to the cricket) and 2500 school children are being brought to the ground by bus to prop up the crowd over the first two days.

How the local population responds to the call to arms to save their Test is yet to be seen.

“The thing that has distressed me most is the talking down of the West Indies, which sends a very poor message to the Tasmanian public,” Harrison said. “I’ve been very disappointed by the comments of former cricketers who have made a lot of money out of cricket.”

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