CRICKET ACT will enter its landmark centenary season with a vibrant new look after unveiling a rebranding set to launch the organisation into an exciting new era.

The gang-gang cockatoo, a species iconic in the ACT region, is the centrepiece of the rebranding as it shares values Cricket ACT view as important to uphold, to ensure the sport continues to grow.

The gang-gang is humble in its approach, loyal to its flock and finds strength in numbers by flying together to achieve a common goal.

It’s the first time Cricket ACT will have a new logo in over two decades, and the rebranding retains the blue and gold colours synonymous with the organisation and its representative teams, the Comets, Meteors and Rockets. They are also ACT’s official colours, reflecting that we represent the entire region.

Inklab, a local design agency, has worked tirelessly on the concept, with director Colin Haining and his team doing a fantastic job to bring the rebranding to life in a fashion which reflects the values Cricket ACT wants to deliver to the community.

The recent 2021-22 Australian Cricket Census revealed participation was up across the ACT region. Registered participation numbers improved from 11k in 2020-21 to 12.4k in 2021-22, an increase of 12.8%. The numbers have also improved from the last non-COVID impacted year in 2019-20 when there were 12.1k registered participants, an increase of 2.5%.

Cricket ACT Chair, Greg Boorer, said a new look is timely and appropriate as the organisation looks to build further on the growth of the game in recent years.

“The rebranding is modern, dynamic and reflects the values we want to bring into our second century, which include working together, efficiently and proactively, to ensure cricket continues to thrive at all levels of the game in our region,” said Boorer.

“We are proud of the growth of the sport, whether that’s at the grassroots level to bringing more elite cricket to Manuka for our community to enjoy, and inspire our next generation.

“The rebranding is an ideal way to begin our centenary celebrations, and Cricket ACT looks forward to commemorating the milestone in the fashion it deserves.”

An exciting calendar of events has been put in place, on and off the field, as Cricket ACT prepares to celebrate the achievements and historic moments over the first 100 years of its journey.

A podcast series is being developed by Your Sport & Media’s Robbie Mackinlay, which touches on Cricket ACT’s key moments and accomplishments, and the history of our clubs.

It begins with two Australia-England men’s Twenty20 international blockbusters at Manuka Oval on Wednesday, October 12 and Friday, October 14, the last two matches in a three-game series between the arch rivals.

Both countries are expected to field full strength sides, given Australia will begin its Twenty20 World Cup defence on home soil the following week.

Canberra has also been given the chance to launch the Big Bash League season when Thunder hosts the Stars in the season opener on Tuesday, December 13.

Thunder returns for another home game at Manuka against the Renegades on Thursday, January 19.

The Women’s Big Bash League will return to Canberra after a COVID-enforced three-year absence when Thunder takes on the Renegades on Tuesday, November 15, while Australia’s all-conquering women’s outfit play Pakistan in a day Twenty20 match-up on Sunday, January 29.

Cricket ACT continues to work closely with Cricket Australia and the ACT Government on locking in a Prime Ministers XI fixture.

Off the field, the party continues with a Summer of Cricket luncheon on October 14 at Hotel Realm, in the lead-up to the second Australia-England men’s Twenty20 international clash later that evening.

Festivities will reach their crescendo with a Centenary Gala on Saturday, February 4, 2023 at the National Museum of Australia.