ANU Cricket Club have secured the signature of Big Bash League star Aiden Blizzard ahead of the Cricket ACT 2015/16 season.
Blizzard recently moved to Canberra after being appointed Cricket ACT’s Director of Coaching and Education, and is excited about his role at ANU.
“I’m really keen to help the younger guys,” said the former first-class cricketer.
“I’m very passionate about that, both in my role at Cricket ACT, and to be able to do that at club cricket as well just seems like a natural fit.”
“The junior program that is coming in, as well as the ladies cricket, [this] was a great opportunity for me to get involved. I’m very passionate about grassroots cricket.
“So as well as playing, I’m really keen to get involved in developing the club both on and off the field.”
The Indian Premier League batsman’s ACT and Big Bash commitments will unfortunately limit the amount of time he spends in the Baggy Blue.
“I’ve had a look at my calendar at Cricket ACT, and it’s pretty chocked-up” said Blizzard.
“There’s quite a few Saturdays where I am available so I’m really looking forward to that.
“I’ll be away for the Big Bash with the Sydney Thunder so, I’m hoping that I’ll get a good lead-up to the Big Bash through ANU.”
Sydney Thunder captain Michael Hussey will be in Canberra for the Prime Ministers XI game in late-October, and Blizzard joked that the former Test hero could be in line for an ANU cap.
“I’m not sure that we’ll have the budget to be able to pull him across from the Cricket Australia event, but it would be a good idea. I’ll see how it goes.”
ANU also announced that Max Wakefield would be handed the captaincy in 2015/16, with the youngster excited at the prospect of playing alongside Blizzard.
“I think that he’ll probably be at first slip for most of the year when he plays, and I’m a wicketkeeper, so having him next to me will be pretty good there,” said Wakefield.
“He sets a standard in the way he plays. He’ll set a standard for us to follow.
“He’ll show us things both on the field and off the field that define a professional cricketer that we have to look at and try and emulate.”
Wakefield indicated that the addition of Blizzard to a Grade Cricket playing roster bodes well for the future of cricket in the region.
“It’s also massive to have the coach of the Comets playing Canberra grade cricket, week in week out.
“He’s going to see first-hand the talent we have in this competition. So I think that it’s great for Canberra cricket, it’s great for the ANU.”
Blizzard and Wakefield will be joined at ANU by returning club legend Randall Starr, who has agreed to take on the coaching reigns.
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