Reconciliation Round will take place on Saturday February 1 and will see premier clubs across the country unite in ‘one consistent act’ where teams and umpires remove their shoes and join together in a barefoot circle.
Joining clubs in the Reconciliation Round event will be the Australian Women’s Team who take on England at Manuka Oval in Canberra. The Australian team will wear an Indigenous-inspired uniform that pays homage to the 1968 Aboriginal cricket team and symbolises Australian Cricket’s commitment to reconciliation.
As part of Queensland Cricket’s (QC) commitment to the acknowledgement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and culture, special Reconciliation Round logos have been designed for each club and the Premier Cricket competition.
The logos were designed by contemporary Indigenous artist and illustrator Shauna Hill from the Gubbi Gubbi / Kabi Kabi people and have been endorsed by the Queensland Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Cricket Advisory Committee.
QC Chief Executive Officer Terry Svenson said Reconciliation Round was a great opportunity to celebrate the impact of Indigenous culture to cricket.
“Reconciliation Round is a great initiative and a wonderful opportunity for us to celebrate Indigenous culture and to continue promoting cricket’s message as a game that can be played and enjoyed by all Queenslanders.
“Queensland Cricket is proud of our connection to Indigenous cricket and culture and we see this weekend’s events as an important time for us to reflect on the past and look ahead to an inclusive and united future for our game.
“Thank you to our Premier Cricket clubs who have all been fully supportive of this initiative and to Shauna Hill for the fantastic work she has done designing the logos.
“We hope Reconciliation Round will continue as an annual celebration of cricket’s connection to Indigenous culture.”
Reconciliation Round will coincide with the National Indigenous Cricket Championships in Alice Springs where Queensland’s Men’s and Women’s Indigenous Teams will be taking on New South Wales on Saturday. Both teams remain in the hunt for finals and face Western Australia today.
31 January 2020