Cricket Fiji will be hosting their annual Easter Tournament in Suva this weekend which will see an increased number of teams involved in the tournament including a touring side that is traveling to Fiji from Sydney Australia.

Eight teams including Sydney based Friends United Sports Club will be participating in the tournament, which is the largest number of teams entered the tournament in recent years, reflecting the resurgence of the game of cricket in Fiji.

The Easter Tournament is the marquee event on the cricket calendar in Fiji with teams from all member associations vying for the bragging rights of being the national champions.

For the first time this year the tournament will be held using the Twenty/20 format - a style of the game that should suit the big hitting Fijian way of playing cricket.

“We are pleased to welcome back teams like Komo and Oneata,” said Cricket Fiji General Manager Martin Shaw. “Their presence at the tournament along with our friends from Australia will add a new dimension to the tournament.”

2010 will mark the first time in recent years that teams from Komo and Oneata in the Lau group of islands have entered a side into the tournament.

They will also be joined by fellow Lau islanders Moce who will be making a strong challenge for the Easter Tournament title.

Suva Cricket Association will be entering two sides into the tournament filled with past and present Fiji representatives and will be serious contenders for the championship.

Teams from both Nadi and Lautoka will be traveling from the West to Suva for the tournament. This is the first time in a number of years that both towns have entered teams.

Friends United will be arriving in Suva on Tuesday night with their squad including fast bowler Don Nash, a player with experience playing for New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield, the domestic first-class competition in Australia.

It is the first time in nearly ten years that a team from overseas has come to Fiji to compete in the Easter Tournament and Cricket Fiji officials are hopeful that it will be a sign of things to come in future Easter Tournaments.

The tournament will be held in various grounds around Suva including Albert Park, Suva Grammar and the RFMF ground in Nabua.

The eight teams will be split into two pools of four with pool games being played on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with the semi finals and grand final being played on Monday.

Spectators are invited to come down to the grounds to see plenty of big sixes, great fielding and exciting cricket action.