Border cricket fans are buzzing following Australia's maiden T20 World Cup win yesterday, and they may have more to be excited about.
Cricket Albury-Wodonga chairman Michael Erdeljac said the board plans to throw their hat in the ring to host a possible game for the 2022 Men's T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to be held in Australia from October to November.
"We'll be putting our hand up for a practice match, or if a country wants to use any facilities outside of the capital cities," Mr Erdeljac said.
"We'll be putting Lavington Sportsground up as an option given it now has two ovals, the turf wicket training facilities and the other infrastructure required."
The Aussies secured the men's title for the first time after defeating New Zealand by eight wickets in the final in Oman.
Cricket NSW Murray region manager Jerim Hayes believes it could lead to the start of an influx of young Border cricketers taking up the sport.
Mr Hayes admitted the special moment was enough to unite cricket fans of all ages.
"Whether you're a six-year-old or 60-year-old, it's a great thing for Australia," he said.
"The sun's not shining here today, but it's shining on a win for Australian cricket.
"Hopefully that translates to youngsters getting out and about again.
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"Every time major sporting events are on, I think participation rates grow as a result of it.
"Hopefully we do have a spike with juniors and youngster participation."
Following the challenges the region's sporting codes have faced due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, Mr Hayes said participation numbers have subsequently dropped.
But with summer around the corner and restrictions easing, he's hoping cricket is back on the rise.
"Numbers certainly aren't where they were pre-COVID, but they're growing," he said.
"Certainly since we hit the 80 per cent double vax rate, participation has grown in the last two or three weeks.
"Some clubs around here and along the river have started their programs, so I expect in the next couple of weeks that they'll keep growing.
"We want to see youngsters getting out and about, given what they have experienced in the last couple of years."
He added that any youngsters wanting to get involved can register and find their local club and program via playcricket.com.au.
Cricket Albury-Wodonga's Provincial, District and Hume competitions were derailed by the region's downpour on the weekend, with only one game played between Brocklesby-Burrumbuttock and Lockhart in first grade.
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