Hurricanes building buzz on home front
CRICKET Tasmanian chief executive Nick Cummins has promised some “big announcements” are around the corner for the Hurricanes’ BBL and WBBL squads.
Following Thursday’s news local heroes Tim Paine and George Bailey had recommitted to the men’s program, the women’s franchise has unveiled its first two local sign- ings in Emma Thompson and Erin Fazackerley.
Further players are set to be rolled out in the next fortnight, including some household names, according to Cummins.
“It was important to get George and Tim on board, when I first started their future was up in the air,” he said at the launch of the Hurricanes Cafe (previously Plumb) at Blundstone Arena.
“They are the core of our team and both fantastic team players.
“There has been a lot of change [with the WBBL], this year is the first time you can sign players on multi-year deals and also the salary cap has nearly doubled.
“There is a lot more money to spend, we have a lot of big announcements coming up with our girls, particularly with our overseas players.
“Some really big names, some familiar names for fans but also a couple of new players as well.
“The WBBL is growing in momentum and growing in popularity and people are becoming more educated who the stars are.”
Fazackerley and Thompson are excited to be rejoining the Hurricanes after the group reached the semi-finals in the first two years of the competition.
“Any time we can get some more experience in the group is a great opportunity to train alongside and play alongside them and get their knowledge of the game,” Thompson said.
Fazackerley is also hoping hard work in the pre-season can lead to a WBBL debut.
“My main goal is to try and get a game with the team, I was in the squad last year but couldn’t break into the first XI,” she said.