THE first five players for the Australian Cricketers' Association Masters T20 game in Naracoorte on December 1 have been locked in - and they are all Australian internationals.
Test bowling stars Terry Alderman, Greg Matthews and Peter Sleep headline the first release of players, while the others - former Test batsman Matthew Elliott and Australian ODI player Jimmy Maher - are no slouches either.
The former Australian greats will be among a host of cricket legends to play in Naracoorte as part of the ACA Masters Tour on November 30-December 2.
The players will take on a representative team from the Naracoorte and District Cricket Association in an action-packed T20 game on December 1 at Wortley Oval, as well as take part in a range of other activities.
The tour is supported by the Naracoorte Lucindale Council and Naracoorte Cricket Club.
While the full touring party is yet to be announced, regular participants in the past include Andy Bichel, Greg Blewett, Matthew Elliott, Brad Hogg, Rodney Hogg, Michael Kasprowicz, Mick Lewis and Tom Moody.
The tour will also include junior coaching clinics on the Sunday morning before the T20 match and a sportsman's night on the Saturday night before the match in a marquee at the oval.
One lucky young teenage cricketer - who will be a part of the home side in the T20 match - will be presented with a $1000 bursary to further his cricket after the match.
A local working group has been established to oversee the event. A pre-tour meeting was held last Thursday with ACA staff to finalise details.
The Masters program has been developed by the ACA, the official representative body of past and present players, with a focus on the promotion of cricket.
ACA chief executive Paul Marsh said the program helped local cricket associations to raise funds and identify local talent.
"Our tours have proved to be a real hit with communities in the sporting areas we have visited to date, and we're thrilled to be heading to Naracoorte," he said.
"Regional Australia is renowned for its passion for sport, so we hope to build some excitement around the tour and continue to raise the profile of cricket in the community."
The tour program has been primarily funded by the current first-class and Australian players as part of their commitment to developing the game in regional Australia and engaging with local communities.