The Red Centre is gearing up to host the 2021 Imparja Cup, with the popular cricket tournament returning to Alice Springs from 15-19 February this year.
Following confirmation that the National Indigenous Cricket Championships (NICC) have been postponed until 2022 due to challenges associated with COVID-19, NT Cricket commenced a process of community consultation to understand the level of comfort in staging the Imparja Cup tournament in 2021.
The format of the 2021 tournament will follow that of recent years, with Northern Territory teams able to nominate for the following divisions:
Funded by the Northern Territory Major Events Company (NTMEC), the week-long event celebrates the rich history of Indigenous cricket and will be free for spectators to attend.
NTMEC CEO Tim Watsford said the Imparja Cup is a fantastic sporting event on the Alice Springs calendar that not only promotes cricket in the region, but also provides an important opportunity for Indigenous cricketers.
“Equally, the event helps support the local economy, with hundreds of cricketers and cricket fans heading to Alice to take part.
“The Northern Territory Government, through NTMEC, supports this important festival to draw people to the region and continue the long and important tradition of cricket in the Red Centre.”
For more information on this year’s Imparja Cup, head to www.ntcricket.com.au/.