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Match Officials acknowledge traditional owners with striking shirt design

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Match Officials of the KFC BBL|09 Competition have joined with the players in acknowledging the Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander communities by wearing specially designed shirts out in the middle.

Match Officials of the KFC BBL|09 Competition have joined with the players in acknowledging the Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander communities by wearing specially designed shirts out in the middle.

The design, titled ‘Men’s Business’ tells the story of the first Australian cricket team that represented Australia in 1868 to play in England which consisted of 13 Aboriginal men. The black and white men’s symbol is symbolic of the importance of reconciliation. The footprints represent the journey of Aboriginal people from the past, present and future, and also the running between wickets. The diamond pattern traditionally represents a place of significance for the Biripi people.

The shirts will be worn across three games throughout the season with the aim of having a ‘Reconciliation Round’ in future editions of the competition.  

In addition; Kookaburra have also acknowledged the traditional land owners by manufacturing a specially designed cricket ball including the Walkabout Wickets logo, and the local language name for Kookaburra replacing the Kookaburra wording on the ball in each of the venues. 

The three matches with the Indigenous themed shirts and balls are: 

Saturday 11th Jan – Thunder v Hurricanes – Sydney Showgrounds 
Monday 20th Jan – Scorchers v Thunder – Optus Stadium 
Tuesday 21st Jan – Renegades v Hurricanes – Marvel Stadium