MCG to host new team in Big Bash League
Mar 23, 2011
Cricket Victoria has revealed the first details of the two Melbourne teams that will compete in the revamped Big Bash League Twenty20 competition next summer, including names, colours, venues the teams will call home along with their respective CEOs and coaches.
The Melbourne Stars will be born into the heartland of cricket, based out of the MCG and donning a vibrant green as their team colour.
World renowned Twenty20 and Bushrangers coach Greg Shipperd will guide the Stars, while Cricket Victoria’s general manager of commercial operations Clint Cooper has been appointed as inaugural CEO.
Cricket Victoria’s chief executive, Tony Dodemaide believes the announcement of the teams marks a bold new era for Victorian cricket with the competition able to break away from the historical boundaries of the past.
“This concept is extremely exciting, cricket is opening up to everyone – bringing the game to all walks of life and age groups including families, children, grandparents and those from traditionally non-cricket backgrounds,” he said.
“Each team will have their own unique identity and colours which will ultimately reflect the competitions new innovative, edgy and exciting feel.
Melbourne Cricket Club chief executive Stephen Gough welcomes the arrival and establishment of the Melbourne Stars at the MCG.
“We’re delighted to host the Melbourne Stars at the traditional home of cricket and for the MCG to be involved in the establishment of the Big Bash League,” said Gough.
“We are proud of our long association with cricket in all formats of the game. We look forward to building on the recent success of Twenty20 cricket, which saw the MCG host an Australian domestic Twenty20 record attendance of 43,125 two seasons ago.
The Big Bash League season will commence in mid-December 2011 and is expected to conclude at the end of January 2012.
For more information, visit