The opening four rounds of the Marsh Sheffield Shield will be held in South Australia with the NSW Blues to begin their title defence on October 22 against Victoria at Adelaide Oval No. 2.

Acknowledging the mandatory 14-day quarantine period for all Victorian arrivals into South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria have agreed to postpone their round one game and begin their Shield campaigns in round two.

The Blues fixture against Victoria scheduled for round one has been postponed until Tuesday, November 17.

Round one matches will begin on Saturday, October 10 with South Australia taking on Western Australia and Queensland facing Tasmania.

The Blues squad to travel to South Australia will be announced in due course.

Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia’s Interim Chief Executive Officer, said the revised schedule highlighted the intent of Australian Cricket to provide a full domestic schedule during the pandemic.

“The Marsh Sheffield Shield is an incredibly strong competition and for generations has been a crucial factor in the success of the Australian men’s team,” Hockley said.

“It is the envy of cricketing countries throughout the world. We would like to thank the South Australian government for their willingness to work together to deliver these fixtures

“Many people have worked incredibly hard to arrive at this outcome, whilst recognising that player and staff safety and wellbeing remains the priority and having government restrictions in place to keep the community safe from COVID-19.

“CA will also be staging full rebel WBBL and KFC BBL competitions this summer, so there will be no shortage of action and opportunity for our women’s and men’s players.

“I would like to thank all our stakeholders across the game for their support, most notably the State and Territory Associations and the Australian Cricketers’ Association.”

Alistair Nicholson, Australian Cricketers Association Chief Executive Officer, said the players placed an enormous value on our domestic competitions

“This has been reflected in their commitment and flexibility to get the game going,” said Nicholson.

Keith Bradshaw, South Australian Cricket Association Chief Executive Officer, said his Association was pleased to play a significant role in delivering the summer of cricket.

“We are delighted that SACA Members and the public will have the opportunity to watch first-class cricket in South Australia.

“SACA appreciates the excellent working relationship between Premier Marshall, Minister Corey Wingard, Adelaide Oval, SA Health and Cricket Australia, which landed on this excellent and safe outcome for all.”

CA is planning to stage the remainder of the Marsh Sheffield Shield season, the Women’s National Cricket League, Marsh One-Day Cup and Under-19 Female and Male National Championships in 2021. Announcements regarding the fixturing of these matches will be made in due course.

2020-21 MARSH SHEFFIELD SHIELD FIXTURE

Round 1

October 10-13: South Australia v Western Australia, Karen Rolton Oval

October 10-13: Queensland v Tasmania, Park 25

November 17-20: New South Wales v Victoria, venue to be confirmed.

Round 2

October 19-22: South Australia v Tasmania, Karen Rolton Oval

October 19-22: Western Australia v Queensland, Park 25

October 22-25: Victoria v New South Wales, Adelaide Oval No. 2

Round 3

October 30-November 2: New South Wales v Western Australia, Karen Rolton Oval

October 30-November 2: Victoria v Tasmania, Park 25

October 30-November 2: South Australia v Queensland, ACH Group Stadium, Glenelg

Round 4

November 8-11: Queensland v Victoria, Karen Rolton Oval

November 8-11: Western Australia v Tasmania, Park 25

November 8-11: South Australia v NSW, ACH Group Stadium, Glenelg