In conjunction with 2020 NAIDOC Week Celebrations, the Burnie Cricket League (BCL) introduced an Indigenous Round as part of their competition.
This significant round involved each BCL home club having painted stumps showcasing images synonymous with Tasmanian Aboriginal culture. These images included shell necklaces which were made by women from Cape Barrer Island, mutton birds, a map of Tasmania pre-invasion, kelp water carriers and thylacines. The round also included an Acknowledgement to Country ceremony.
The Indigenous Round resonated with both Indigenous and non-indigenous cricketers, and provided the chance to create a conversation between players, stakeholders, and clubs within the league about encouraging more Aboriginal Tasmanians to become involved with cricket, and what barriers might currently prevent them from doing so.
This positive initiative by the Burnie Cricket League highlights the role cricket can play in developing an inclusive culture, and with plans to make this a permanent part of the fixture, we congratulate all involved.