Hobart Hurricanes are using the inaugural Abu Dhabi T20 to help ready some of their young up and comers for their forthcoming Big Bash campaign.
The Hurricanes, beaten finalists in BBL07 in February, have landed in the Middle East and are in Group A alongside Yorkshire and Lahore.
They face the Vikings in the second of two group games on Saturday morning, with Tim Bresnan set to come up against the team he represented as an overseas player in early 2015.
Hobart’s squad is minus a number of household names, instead looking to the future.
But, as their chief executive Nick Cummins explains, that future may not be too far away.
“This competition is really important for us,” said Cummins, also the former general manager of Sydney Thunder.
“The more opportunities we get to play T20 against high quality opposition, the better our players will be.
“Ultimately what happens in Australia is that players will pretty much get called into the Big Bash straight out of Premier Cricket – your first grade level.
It’s a big step to go from playing in front of family and friends to playing under lights against some international bowlers and batsmen and playing in front of crowds.
“We have noticed, certainly in my time at Sydney Thunder, that players struggle to make that step from suburban cricket to international standard overnight.
“So the more opportunities we can create for players to get close to the Big Bash standard, the better prepared they’ll be when they play their first game.
“We know what George Bailey, D’Arcy Short, Matthew Wade and Jofra Archer can do.
“It’s guys like Caleb Jewell and Keegan Oates who we think could play in this year’s Big Bash, we need to get them some exposure.
“For example, when I was at the Thunder, we did something similar and went to Canterbury in New Zealand to play a game. We took Chris Green with us, and I think he had played one game up to then but nothing in anything else.
“But he went up against international batsmen in Peter Fulton, Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls. Out of all of our bowlers, he was the only one who looked comfortable at that level.
“We signed him on the back of that, and he’s been a tremendous success for the Thunder.
“That was all from exposure to this sort of cricket.
“Any opportunity to play against other players who you’ve never seen, you have to try and take it. One of the major challenges in cricket is having a bowler run in to you who you’ve never seen before.
“Our spin stocks aren’t great in Australia, so playing against Lahore or even Boost from Afghanistan will help us as well.
“Yorkshire will be a tough test.
“Tim has played for the Hurricanes before, so I’m sure that will bring back a few fun memories for him and will be a bit of a homecoming of sorts.”
Hobart squad: Johan Botha, Jordan Clark, Ben Duckett, Nathan Ellis, Caleb Jewell, Darren McNees, Lawrence Neil-Smith, Keegan Oates, Jerome Taylor, Charlie Wakim, Jack White, Sean Willis, Mac Wright.