HERE TO PLAY: Michael Kasprowicz (right) celebrates with Andrew Symonds. Both will play tonight.
HERE TO PLAY: Michael Kasprowicz (right) celebrates with Andrew Symonds. Both will play tonight. MATT DUNHAM

Regional areas important for state cricket

BULLS Master Michael Kasprowicz says Bundaberg is just as important as any other region for cricket.

The Bulls Masters yesterday visited schools in the Rum City before taking on Bundaberg in a special T20 match later tonight.

The former Test player and Cricket Australia board director said those children were vital for the growth of the game.

"It's critical we actually get out and encourage the game, through access,” he said.

"Bulls Masters as a concept was designed to take cricket back to regional Queensland.

"It's about the kids and giving them some inspiration.”

Wide Bay has produced plenty of quality players, including Nathan Hauritz (above), Martin Love, Matthew Hayden, Bundaberg's Don Tallon and Beth Mooney.

Kasprowicz said these visits could trigger children to join them.

"One moment might convince a child to play,” he said.

"Which is why it is so critical to come to the country.”

The 38-Test veteran also can't wait to play.

He will be joined by Andrew Symonds, Jimmy Maher, Lee Carseldine and others, including former league great Allan Langer, as they try to relive the golden days of their career.

"We still want to perform,” Kasprowicz said.

"Whilst we know it doesn't happen like it used to, there's still that pride.”

He said it was good to catch up with his former teammates as well.

"There are two things you miss most when you finish playing cricket, one, it is competing like you used to, but number 2 is your mates.

"That's why the Bulls Masters and the concept works so well, we are able to get together again.”

The team will play at 7pm with tickets available for $5 for an adult and children under-16 getting in free.

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