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State Challenges

The State Challenge is designed to increase the level of competition for underage players.



These highly competitive matches allow players to demonstrate their skill and match awareness in front of coaches and selectors for progression through the pathway.

How are the State Challenge teams selected?

Overseen by the Senior Manager – Pathways, a panel of selectors will select all sides in the program.

The selection panel can include:

NSW Metro U/17 and U/19      

  • Cricket NSW U/17 or U/19 coach
  • NSW Metro Assistant Coach
  • Cricket NSW Male Pathway Manager
  • Cricket NSW Academy Coaches
  • State Challenge Team Coaches

ACT/NSW Country U/17 and U/19

  • Cricket NSW U/17 or U/19 coach
  • ACT/NSW Country Head Coach
  • ACT/NSW County Assistant Coach
  • Country Selector (approved by the Country Committee of Management)
  • Country Selector (approved by the Country Committee of Management)

NSW Metropolitan (U/13 – U/16)

  • Cricket NSW Male Pathway Manager
  • Cricket NSW Academy Coaches
  • State Challenge Team Coaches

ACT/NSW Country (U/13 – U/16)

  • Country Selectors
  • Zone Academy Coaches (consulting with Regional Coaches)
  • State Challenge Team Coaches