Cricket NSW (CNSW) will host a handful of stars from Major League Cricket (MLC) partner franchise, Washington Freedom, for a two-week player development camp.

The high-performance experience offers another chance for Washington Freedom and CNSW to collaborate, serving as a key step in CNSW’s efforts to be a force in the global cricket ecosystem.

Andries Gous, Obus Pienaar, Saurabh Netravalker, Justin Dill and Akhilesh Bodogum are the players making the flight from Washington to Sydney, along with former NSW Blues representative, Burt Cockley, who serves as the Freedom’s strength and conditioning coach.

During the development trip, Freedom’s representatives will have the chance to utilise Cricket Central’s state-of-the-art facilities, training with, and competing against NSW Blues, Sydney Sixers, Sydney Thunder, and NSW pathways cricketers, under the guidance of Cricket NSW high-performance staff. 

Outside of scheduled professional development sessions, Freedom’s five will have the chance to sight-see around Sydney and attend two KFC Big Bash League fixtures, including the Sydney Smash at the SCG.

General Manager of Cricket at Washington Freedom, and Head of T20 Male Cricket at Cricket NSW, Michael Klinger said: 

Washington Freedom Camp is a shared initiative by Cricket NSW and the Washington Freedom MLC Franchise.

“This gives an opportunity for some of the local U.S based players to develop their skills under our Elite programs including both the Big Bash teams, and our professional staff of coaches, physiotherapists, strength and conditioning coaches and Cricket NSW’s dietician. The players will also be playing three high-level competitive T20 matches during their stay.

“Cricket NSW thanks Washington Freedom’s owner Sanjay Govil for giving these players such a fantastic opportunity. This will continue to strengthen the partnership between Washington Freedom and Cricket NSW.” 

Stay tuned to our social media channels to see what the Washington Freedom representatives get up to! 

To read more about Cricket NSW’s partnership with Washington Freedom, or Major League Cricket, CLICK HERE