Australia's 12th man- it could be you!

Mon, Jun 7, 2010 5:21 PM

A wonderful opportunity for cricket fans to get close to the world champions courtesy of Cricket Australia and Cricket Ireland.

Australia's cricketers have made a remarkable offer to help boost Ireland's finances at the RSA Challenge one day international in Dublin later this month.

Their powers-that-be have invited Cricket Ireland to auction the position of “12th man for the day” at the game at Clontarf on June 17.

The winner won't be able to take the field because the match is an official ICC ODI - but everything else is thrown in to make a cricket lover's dream come true.

He will be provided with Australian kit to wear and keep and will travel to the match on the team coach. He will sit with the players for the match, join them for lunch and will be with the team when they return to the hotel. Throughout the match he will have full access to the Australian dressing room and viewing tent.

Bids will start at 3,000 euros and should be made by phone to David Williams, Chairman of Cricket Ireland, on 00353 86 699 6689.

And the accommodating Australians are offering Cricket Ireland a second fundraising opportunity - dinner with skipper Ricky Ponting, vice-captain Michael Clarke and coach Tim Nielsen.

The exclusive dinner will be held at the team hotel - The Croke Park Hotel - on Monday June 14. It will be open to upwards of 20 people, and the Australian stars will rotate round the three specially arranged tables throughout the evening.

The opportunity is available to individuals or to small corporate parties to a maximum of eight people, all of whom will also enjoy VIP hospitality in the Cricket Ireland area at the game itself.

The price is 1,000 euros per person or 8,000 euros per company and again the contact is David Williams and both bookings and bids for the auction will close at 6pm on Friday, June 11.

The offers have emerged after a pre-tour trip to Dublin by a Cricket Australia delegation comprising Michael Brown, General Manager Cricket, Steven Bernard, Team Manager, and Paul Marsh, CEO of the Australian Cricketers Association.

David Williams, Chairman of Cricket Ireland said : “The Australians have been a delight to work this and their offers to Cricket Ireland have been hugely generous. I expect a lot of calls during the week!”

Dublin is the first stop on a tour that also involves nine internationals in England - 5 ODIs against England and two Tests and two Twenty20s against Pakistan.

The Australians will be in Dublin for almost a week and Cricket Ireland has put together what promises to be a memorable visit. Among the excitements will be a hurling coaching session and a big Gaelic football match at Croke Park and a day's golf at the Portmarnock championship course.

The serious business will be the 50-over ODI at Clontarf, with Ireland facing a formidable Australian XI.

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