Cricket goes into bat for voice referendum 'yes' vote

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Cricket Australia has become the latest sport governing body to publicly back a 'yes' vote in the Indigenous voice referendum.

The organisation's chair Mike Baird announced the news on behalf of its board on Monday afternoon.

"The Cricket Australia board is proud of cricket's powerful and unique history with First Nations people and in keeping with our continuing contribution to reconciliation, supports the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian constitution through the voice," Mr Baird said in a statement.

"We encourage respectful and inclusive conversations across cricket to support our staff, players, volunteers and officials' ongoing journey of education on First Nations histories and cultures and the proposal to formalise a lasting and appropriate voice for First Nations people through the referendum."

Cricket Australia's announcement joins other sporting organisations including the NRL, AFL, Tennis Australia, Football Australia, Rugby Australia and the Australian Olympic Committee to publicly support the voice proposal.

The move has been celebrated by Yes campaign alliance director Dean Parkin.

"Yes 23 raises its bat to the board of Cricket Australia for its considered decision to support a voice to parliament," Mr Parkin said on Monday.

"Cricket brings Australians from all walks of life together and to have the national governing body on board is further demonstration of the ever-growing support for the Yes movement."

Cricket Australia consulted their Indigenous advisory council and Indigenous players such as Ashleigh Gardner and Scott Boland on the matter.

The organisation has previously come under fire for scheduling an international game on January 26 for the second straight year.

Muruwari woman Gardner, the second Indigenous woman to play Test cricket for Australia, raised concerns with the fixturing and said the day the First Fleet arrived in Australia in 1788 was a "day of hurt and a day of mourning" for Indigenous Australians.

"Unfortunately this year the Australian women's cricket team has been scheduled to play a game on the 26th of Jan which certainly doesn't sit well with me as an individual but also all the people I'm representing," she tweeted.

As part of the decision to play in Hobart on January 26, the Australian team will perform a smoking ceremony before the match and embark on a walk around kunanyi/Mount Wellington to learn about the local community.