BENDIGO will host some of Australia's former cricket greats for the Australian Cricketers’ Association Masters Tour.
The full touring party is yet to but announced by confirmed starters include Terry Alderman, Jimmy Maher, Greg Matthews and Matthew Elliott.
The event runs from November 28 to November 30 and will see the players take on a representative team from the Bendigo District Cricket Association in T20 game on November 29 at Bendigo's Queen Elizabeth Oval.
The Tour is supported by the City of Greater Bendigo, Choice Hotels Australasia (Quality Resort All Seasons) and the BDCA.
The tour will also include in2CRICKET coaching clinics for primary school children and a sportsman’s function on the Thursday night before the match.
A working group has been established to oversee the event.
The Masters program has been developed by the ACA, the official representative body of past and present players, with a focus on the promotion of cricket.
ACA chief executive Paul Marsh said the program helped local cricket associations to raise funds and identify local talent.
“This is our fifth season of the program and it’s going from strength to strength,” he said.
“We’ve had successful tours in recent years to nearby places like Rochester and Shepparton but we’ve always been keen to bring it to Bendigo.
"It’s a real hub for passionate sporting people so we hope to build some excitement around the tour and continue to raise the profile of cricket in the community.”
City of Greater Bendigo major events manager Terry Karamaloudis said the City welcomed the important sporting and community event to Bendigo.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to see some absolute cricket legends perform on Bendigo’s own premier sporting ground - the QEO," he said.
“It also fits in well with the City’s aim to attract this type of major sporting and community event to our city.
"I encourage cricket fans to turn out in their droves next month to witness some true champions of the game right here in our own city."