All-Indigenous PM’s XI canned after Scott Morrison re-election

Plans to field an All-Indigenous Prime Minister’s XI for the annual match at Manuka Oval in Canberra were dropped by Cricket Australia after the re-election of the current Prime Minister Scott Morrison in 2019.

The idea to rejuvenate the traditional concept of the PM’s XI fixture by making it an All-Indigenous team versus an overseas touring team was first raised by CA as Part of the same reconciliation movement to redress Australian cricket’s poor history of racial inclusion that saw it drop any reference to “Australia Day” for Big Bash League matches to be played on January 26.

It was floated prior to the 2019 federal election, widely expected to be won by the Labor Opposition led by Bill Shorten, but shelved after it is believed to have been given a less than enthusiastic response in the months after the Liberal/National Coalition was returned to government in defiance of opinion polls.

Amid a gradual growth in the number of Aboriginal cricketers in Australian domestic ranks, CA’s high-performance wing is understood to have welcomed the idea on the basis that the chosen XI would be more than strong enough to hold their own against the touring Sri Lankan team.

However, ESPNcricinfo understands that the pushback was couched as a new government indicating it “wasn’t quite ready” for such a move, forcing CA and ACT Cricket into a series of changes to their plans.

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