The Sydney Cricket Ground will host more NSW Blues matches next season than at any stage during most of the past decade.
Four Marsh Sheffield Shield matches and a domestic one-day match, now named the Marsh Cup, will be played at the famous ground between October and February.
Only once since 2010/11 has the SCG held so many Shield matches. That was during 2016/17.
And state one-day cricket has not been played at the SCG since 2014.
Announced as part of the Cricket Australia domestic schedule on Tuesday, the other Shield match will be played at Bankstown Oval, where the Blues had a convincing victory against Western Australia last season, while two Blues one-day matches will be held at Drummoyne Oval in late September and early October.
A number of one-day matches will be interwoven with Shield games and the final will be on November 26.
There will be no qualifying finals this season, with the top two teams playing off in the Marsh Cup final.
Cricket NSW Chief Executive Lee Germon.
The Breakers, who claimed their 20th Women’s National Cricket League title last season, play four matches in Sydney for the first time since the Women’s Big Bash League began four years ago.
Hurstville Oval and North Sydney Oval will each host two fixtures in January and February.
The opening seven matches of the WNCL are in September ahead of three women’s T20 Internationals at North Sydney Oval and WBBL|05. The remaining matches are in January and February.
Sydney will also host several men’s and women’s international tour matches at Drummoyne Oval, Bankstown Oval and North Dalton Park in Wollongong against the Men’s England Lions, Pakistan Men’s team and India Women’s side.
The Governor General’s XI women’s team will play India in a T20 on 28 January at Drummoyne Oval.
All matches will involve the three different formats – T20, One-Day and four-day.
Cricket NSW Chief Executive, Lee Germon, said the organisation was excited to see the return of regular domestic cricket to the SCG.
“The SCG will always be the spiritual home of NSW cricket and Cricket NSW is delighted to see the Blues host four Shield matches and one Marsh Cup match at the ground this season,” said Germon.
“Our players love competing on the SCG and it’s important that as many promising cricketers as possible are exposed to international grounds as a vital part of their development.
“Cricket NSW has a policy of playing four Sheffield Shield matches at the SCG each season and we thank the SCG for their cooperation during what is a busy time for one of this country’s most prestigious venues.
“We are equally excited that our record-breaking Women’s team will host four home matches at Hurstville and North Sydney.”
The Blues host Shield matches against Tasmania, Western Australia, Queensland and Victoria at the SCG and Tasmania for a one-day match in late October.
ACT, Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia all travel to Sydney during the WNCL.
2019/20 Marsh Sheffield Shield
18-21 October v. Tasmania, SCG
11-14 November v. Western Australia, SCG
7-10 December v. Queensland, SCG
14-17 February v. Victoria, SCG
24-27 February v. South Australia, Bankstown Oval
2019/20 Marsh One-Day Cup
30 September v. Western Australia, Drummoyne Oval
2 October v. Western Australia, Drummoyne Oval
23 October v. Tasmania, SCG
2019/20 Women’s National Cricket League
6 January v. ACT, Hurstville Oval
9 January v. Queensland, Hurstville Oval
4 February v. Tasmania, North Sydney Oval
6 February v. Western Australia, North Sydney Oval
Sheffield Shield draw here.
Marsh One-Day Cup draw here.
Women's National Cricket League draw here.
Pakistan Men here.
England Lions here.