Cricket Australia has today confirmed a delayed start to the 2021-22 domestic cricket schedule, with the dates of NSW’s opening fixtures yet to be confirmed.
While work is ongoing to finalise the dates and locations of the opening Marsh Sheffield Shield and Marsh One-Day Cup matches for New South Wales and Victoria, given current lockdowns and border restrictions, opening fixtures for South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland and Tasmania have been announced.
The Women’s National Cricket League will now be played entirely after the WBBL|07 season is completed, with the first game scheduled for December 16 and the final set down for March 6.
These changes have been made in response to public health conditions, border restrictions and their related impacts. Cricket Australia will continue to prioritise the health and safety of players, staff and officials, cricket fans and the wider community, in navigating the upcoming summer.
The NSW Blues were due to kick off their season with a pair of Marsh One-Day Cup matches at the WACA in Perth this Sunday (against WA) and next Tuesday (against QLD) but those games will now not take place on those days.
The men’s domestic season will begin on September 22 with a Marsh One-Day Cup match between South Australia and Western Australia at Karen Rolton Oval. The Marsh Sheffield Shield season will begin on September 24, with the same two sides going head-to-head at the same venue.
Queensland then plays Tasmania in the Marsh Sheffield Shield on September 28 followed by a Marsh Cup match on October 3, both at Ian Healy Oval in Brisbane.
The full revised domestic schedules for the Marsh Sheffield Shield, Marsh Cup and WNCL will be released in due course.
Cricket Australia’s Head of Cricket Operations and Scheduling, Peter Roach, said: “Like all sports, we cannot rule out challenges created by the global pandemic at some stage in the season.
"However, the lessons of the 2020-21 summer have prepared us well to be agile and adapt as required to deliver the best possible season for the players and fans.
"We thank the States and Territories for their support and understanding through this process and are delighted to be making a start to the season. We will build out further fixtures in the coming weeks and announce them once finalised.
"We also thank our fantastic partners Marsh, Foxtel and Kayo for their ongoing support of domestic cricket."