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Tasmanians fired up over Ashes snub

Tasmanians fired up over Ashes snub

Tasmanians are getting steamed up about plans to exclude their island state from an Australia-wide tour featuring cricket's famous Ashes urn.
Will Hodgman, who leads the opposition party in state parliament, said he had written to the Marylebone Cricket Club _ custodians of the tiny trophy _ demanding the urn be displayed publicly in the state capital, Hobart.
Tasmania is the only one of Australia's six states not included on the tour, which starts Oct. 21 in Sydney.
Tasmania will not be hosting any of the five test matches between England and Australia _ which are spread across Australia's five mainland state capitals.
Hodgman said Tasmanians deserved to get a rare glimpse at the Ashes, which symbolizes the intense sporting rivalry between English and Australians.
Australia captain Ricky Ponting was born in Tasmania and plays his domestic cricket for the state.
And even the recently appointed chief executive of London's history-steeped MCC, Keith Bradshaw, grew up and studied in Tasmania, playing first-class cricket for the state in the 1980s.
"It is bad enough that the English refuse to hand over the original urn every time that they lose the Ashes, which is often and will no doubt occur again over the summer, but for them to ignore one of Australia's state capitals in its urn tour is appalling," Hodgman said in a statement cited by Australian Associated Press.
Hodgman said he had requested the urn be displayed at the Tasmanian Cricket Museum at Bellerive Oval either before or during the 2006-07 Ashes series, which starts Nov. 23 in Brisbane.
"Many Tasmanians are mad keen cricket supporters and competitors, and we have produced some of Australia's best cricketers," he said. "I can see no good reason that the MCC would refuse my request, on behalf of all Tasmanians, to see the Ashes urn visit Tasmania."
Premier Paul Lennon said state and national cricket administrators had been working for some months to include Tasmania in the urn's itinerary.
"I am confident that the MCC will agree that it is only right for Tasmania to be included on the urn's Australian itinerary," he said.
The Ashes almost never leaves Lord's, the home of cricket. The urn toured Australia in 1988 but did return Down Under during Australia's record-long stranglehold on the regular series that lasted from 1989 until last year.
The Ashes refers to a mock obituary placed in the Sporting Times newspaper in 1882 after England lost to Australia on home soil for the first time: "In Affectionate Remembrance of English Cricket, which died at The Oval, deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing friends and acquaintances. R.I.P. The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia."
Later that year, England left for Australia, and after it won a three-test series, some Melbourne women allegedly burned one of the bails from the third test, put the ashes in the urn, and presented it to England captain Ivo Bligh.


Updated : 2021-06-13 02:09 GMT+08:00