Futures League

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Futures League
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Countries Australia Australia
Administrator Cricket Australia
Format 4 day
Tournament format Round-robin tournament
Number of teams 7 (Futures League)
8 (FLT20)
Current champion New South Wales U23s (Futures League)
Victoria U23s (FLT20)
Website Official website
2016–17 Futures League

The Futures League or Toyota Futures League is the Australian national second XI cricket competition.

Run by Cricket Australia, it is part of its development program and includes the various state and territory second XI teams, for the 2009–10 season onwards the tournament was renamed the Futures League because a change of rules restricting teams to only have three players over the age of 23; however, it is now six players.[1] It was previously known as the ACB Cup, and changed to the Cricket Australia Cup when the Australian Cricket Board was renamed to Cricket Australia.

History[edit]

The Cricket Australia Cup (men) was the national second XI competition with playing conditions generally mirroring those of the Pura Cup competition. The Cricket Australia Cup (women) is generally staged as a week-long tournament involving most states and territories.

However, with the Futures League came a change of rules with games restricted to 3 days and restrictions of 96 first innings overs and 144 overs in total per side, a four-day Futures League Twenty20 tournament was also added which is played in Melbourne during December.[2]

From the 2011–12 season the Futures League has returned to four day matches with no over restrictions and six players over the age of 23 allowed to play in the team.[3]

Teams[edit]

Champions[edit]

Futures League (4 day)[edit]

Year Premiers
2006–07 New South Wales 2nd XI
2007–08 Western Australia Second XI
2008–09 New South Wales 2nd XI
2009–10 Victoria U-23s
2010–11 Australian Capital Territory
2011–12 Victoria U-23s
2012–13 New South Wales U-23s
2013–14 Queensland U-23s
2014–15 Western Australia U-23s
2015–16 New South Wales U-23s
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Futures League Twenty20[edit]

Year Premiers
2009/10 Western Australia U-23s
2010/11 Victoria U-23s
2011/12 South Australia U-23s
2012/13
2013/14 Victoria U-23s
2014/15 New South Wales Under-23s

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Futures League preview". Sportal. Cricket Australia. 24 September 2010. Archived from the original on 20 November 2010. Retrieved 24 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Greg Buckle (1 October 2009). "Cricket Australia reaches out for talent". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 24 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Sheffield Shield to go twilight". Australian Associated Press. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 17 August 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 

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