Cricket Australia Chairman Wally Edwards could not promise the participation of some of the more famous Australian cricketers such as Mitchell Johnson, etc. © Getty Images
Cricket Australia Chairman Wally Edwards could not promise the participation of some of the more famous Australian cricketers such as Mitchell Johnson, etc. © Getty Images

Cricket Australia (CA) Chairman Wally Edwards has extended his support for the Phillip Hughes Memorial Tribute Match to be held annually in Kathmandu, Nepal, giving his word on a stronger Australian presence in the future events. Edwards gave his commitment on behalf of CA to the Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala.

Edward’s comments came ahead of the 63-over exhibition match that was played at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan University Stadium on Saturday. The match, that comprised two teams — Team Red and Team Blue — featured an mix of Nepalese and Australian cricketers, including the likes of Nepal star player Paras Khadka along with former Australian international Matthew Elliott.

While Edwards promised more Australians in the future, he stood firm on the condition of the match taking place only after the conclusion of the Australian cricketing summer as well as the domestic season, around the same time as the Indian Premier League (IPL). He was also not sure of the availability of some of the more well-known Australian internationals.

“It will be a representative team of some sort. It could be a Chairman’s team, it could be an under-23 team but the match will be played at the completion of the Australian international and first-class season, so in a way we will be looking for players who want to make themselves available,” said Edwards, who was in Nepal en-route to an International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting in Dubai.

Edwards added that the CA was keen on sharing facilities with the Nepalese cricketers in order to train the young talent in the country whose biggest international achievement so far has been their appearance in the ICC World Twenty20 2014.

“We want to be able to perhaps bring some cricketers to Australia so they can train with our academies or with teams, as well as administrators,” added Edwards, in an interview to cricket.com.au.

The match, which Team Red won thrillingly by one run, will be followed one of Phillip Hughes’ bats as well as his Test and One-Day International (ODI) playing shirts being taken to the top of Mount Everest in an expedition, where the late cricketer’s bat will be raised to the sky.