For me, cricket started with a dream, as a 6-year-old growing up in Ipswich, Queensland. I remember the moment the dream became a reality like yesterday, receiving my very first cricket bat from my mum and dad - it was a moment I will never forget.

Back then quality cricket equipment, bats, balls, pads and gloves were affordable, and it seemed like every kid in my neighbourhood played cricket in the backyard with a bat and ball that lasted. 

I want that to happen again. I want to make cricket affordable again.

The World Cup wins, the IPL victories, the centuries, the wickets, the friendships and many lessons I have learnt along the way are all attributed to that very first cricket bat.

During my 20 years of playing professional cricket, I learned exactly what cricketers want and need. Now I am going to share all of that knowledge with you. 

Being a Father to a cricket-obsessed child, I understand the complexities around making the right choices, and how confusing it can be for a parent and child new to the game wanting to purchase their first cricket bat.

My wish is that T20 Stars cricket gear will play a special role in your cricketing journey as it did mine. I have been able to source products from one of the world's leading cricket bat manufactures, and have only premium cricket products at affordable prices. 

I'm doing this to make sure the game is as affordable as when I grew up in country Queensland.

For the love of Cricket.

Shane Watson