Cricket Australia is believed to be considering the creation of a reality TV show to find new spins stars.
Belinda Clark, CEO of Australian Centre of Excellence and John Davison, COE spin bowling coach, have completed a recommendation paper for Cricket Australia outlining ideas on how to find new slow bowlers, according to reports.
Many of the recommendations came from a conference held in Brisbane which discussed the future of slow bowling.
One of the suggestions at the meeting was the possibility of creating an Australian Idol-style TV show where young hopefuls would have to audition and be assessed in front of the cameras.
The idea has already been trialled in soccer, with Football Superstar on Fox8. It features young players trying out to get a place in an A-League club. The programme is returning for a third series and is hosted by Irish singer Brian McFadden.
Football Superstar is produced for Fox8 by North One Television Australia and it’s sponsored by the NAB and Kellogg’s Nutrigrain.
Cricket Australia GM of public affairs Peter Young told Mumbrella that it is not actively pursuing the idea of a TV show, but it has not ruled anything out.
“It’s not part of the paper, but it’s not to say however that we might not at some stage look at a TV-based project. There have been ideas put to us. You never say never,” he said.