Top teams from the 2024 T20 series confirmed internationally and domestically

Asian powerhouses Pakistan and Bangladesh will field both representative teams in the upcoming Top End T20 Series in Darwin.

The Pakistan Shaheens, who finished second last year, return for the 2024 edition and will be joined by a Bangladesh High Performance team.

As Northern Territory Cricket announced last week, the Top End T20 Series will be expanded to a nine-team tournament, up from six teams in 2023.

The influx of domestic talent will be led by five-time KFC BBL champions Perth Scorchers, while the Adelaide Strikers and Tasmanian Tigers will also field teams for the first time.

Defending champions NT Strike, ACT Comets and Academy of the Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars complete the competition.

The Top End T20 is the flagship event of the Cricket 365 program, showcasing the next generation of Australian players as they continue their progression into domestic and international cricket.

Last year, Jake Fraser-McGurk and Will Sutherland lit the Top End T20 before heading into the domestic season and earning international debuts over the summer.

Gavin Dovey, CEO of NT Cricket, said:

“We are pleased that the Top End T20 Series will expand this year and continue to bring the best emerging domestic and international talent to the Northern Territory.”

“That there are now two cricketing powerhouses in Pakistan and Bangladesh competing alongside half of the Big Bash League franchises is a testament to the potential of winter cricket in the area.”

Kade Harvey, Managing Director of Perth Scorchers, said:

“We are delighted to be part of the Top End T20 series, which has grown significantly since its inception.

“The competition adds a new layer to what our pre-season would typically be, exposing players to tournament conditions ahead of the Australian domestic season.

“It is also a great opportunity for some of WA’s most promising prospects to test themselves against quality opponents from Australia and Asia.

“We are grateful for all the work of everyone at NT Cricket who makes the event possible each year.”

Melbourne Stars General Manager Blair Crouch said:

“We are thrilled to return to the Northern Territory with the Melbourne Stars Academy for the third year in a row.

“This tournament plays an important role for us in identifying young talent within the T20 system in Victoria and provides invaluable experience to our contracted players and those in the academy by being able to experience tournament conditions in what is traditionally the middle of their pre-season is.

“My thanks go to Gavin and the team at NT Cricket for their great work and we look forward to the expanded competition this year.”

Usman Wahla, PCB Director International Cricket said:

“I am grateful to Northern Territory for inviting Pakistani Shaheens for the second year of success.

“Last year the players had an unforgettable experience and enjoyed playing and performing in excellent playing conditions, in front of enthusiastic cricket fans.”

Naimur Rahman, chairman of the High Performance Unit of Bangladesh Cricket Board, said:

“We sincerely thank Northern Territory Cricket and Cricket Australia for inviting the BCB High Performance team to the prestigious Top End Series.

“This opportunity will undoubtedly provide our players with valuable experience, exposing them to a high level of competition.”

Starting Friday, August 9, the nine teams will go head-to-head in 30 action-packed T20s and 10 days of cricket across multiple locations.

Each team will play six games during the round robin prior to Finals Day on Sunday, August 18.

Broadcast information and selections for the tournament will be announced soon.

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