WHEN Matt Pinniger first considered the idea of setting up a Premier Cricket club in Bendigo he thought it couldn't work.
A veteran of 13 seasons at the esteemed Melbourne Cricket Club and "half-a-dozen" second XI matches for Victoria, Pinniger believed the standard of cricket in Melbourne had been grossly underestimated.
But the more he thought and talked about the concept, the more Pinniger came around to at least seeing where that path could lead Bendigo cricket.
Now, the star Bendigo United batsman has joined a sub-committee led by ex-Victorian spinner and Premier Cricket veteran Craig Howard to investigate the idea.
"Premier Cricket talk about how they want to expand, but how much - is it just one side or is it a full club?" Pinniger said.
"I think it could work in Bendigo, but it would need to be a full standalone four teams."
Buy-in from the central Victorian region would be important to fill the four grades, Pinniger believes.
"It would be really important to see surrounding areas and what interest there would be," he said.
"But I certainly think it could work. People might argue that Bendigo cricket might struggle a bit.
"It can only be a good thing in terms of those blokes if they try it and it doesn't work for them...they come back as better players."
Total commitment from players would be critical for a Bendigo-based club to get off the ground, according to Pinniger.
But he believes there's plenty of people with Premier Cricket experience in Bendigo to set up a culture players want to be around.
"I think there's enough people around Bendigo that have played at that level to make that culture pretty successful from the start."