CALLEE Black was preparing to represent the NSW Women's Indigenous team in this Saturday's T20 Tri-Series at Bradman Oval, Bowral, but the talented western region junior has had those plans put on hold.
Recent coronavirus cases has seen Cricket NSW postpone the competition, which would have pitted the Indigenous side against the NSW Country Bush Breakers and an SCG XI.
Selection in an open age Indigenous side is an incredible achievement for 13-year-old Black.
Had the series gone ahead Black would have been in for a bumper week of cricket, given she had taken part in the NSW Under 16s Country Championships in the ACT earlier this week - where she averaged a whopping 89 with the bat.
The teams will hopefully be able to take part in the tri-series at some point this year, with Cricket NSW confirming in a statement that they are aiming to still have the competition go ahead.
"The tournament is an important opportunity for the NSW Indigenous and Country teams, who are unable to represent their culture and region at the respective National Championships this season, and Cricket NSW will seek to reschedule the event for a suitable date in the future," the statement read.
Being selected makes me proud because not a lot of girls get this opportunity.Callee Black
Black is part of a big Wiradjuri presence in the NSW Indigenous side, joined by skipper Julie Muir, Dharmini Chauhan plus fellow Western Country Championships representatives Dimity Parton, Amali McNeil and Caitlin Keen.
Prior to the postponement of the tri-series Black had been looking forward to the opportunity to test herself against open age competition.
"I went to the National Indigenous Cricket competition and I played for the Thunder side there. From there they selected a group of girls to go down to this competition," she said.
"I've been playing down in Penrith this season. That's been really good for me. I've played with some of the girls in this Indigenous team before, like Amali and Dimity, and I played with a few of them in that Thunder team as well.
"Being selected makes me proud because not a lot of girls get this opportunity."