Hur­ri­canes build­ing buzz on home front

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT - ADAM SMITH

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.

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