Marsh One-Day Cup and Marsh Sheffield Shield schedule announced
Cricket Australia has delivered on its commitment to play the fullest possible summer with confirmation of the schedule for the Marsh One-Day Cup and remainder of the Marsh Sheffield Shield season.
A full 22-match Marsh One-Day Cup schedule has been announced, beginning on February 16 and ending with the Final on April 30. Foxtel will broadcast 13 matches live, with the remaining nine matches live streamed on cricket.com.au and the CA Live app. All games will be streamed on Kayo.
The Marsh Sheffield Shield season will be shortened by one round to nine matches per team. Victoria, having only participated in two of the opening four rounds held in South Australia, will play seven matches in early 2021. New South Wales and Queensland have six remaining matches each, while all other states have five.
The Marsh Sheffield Shield Final will be held from April 15-19, 2021 and be hosted by the top-ranked team at the completion of the regular season. The match will be broadcast nationally by Foxtel and will be live streamed on Kayo.
The news follows the announcement earlier this week of a full, eight-round WNCL competition from January 15, establishing CA as one of the only sporting organisations in the world to schedule matches at all levels available to them during the pandemic.
The completed domestic schedule has been created in consultation with governments, State and Territory Associations and the Australian Cricketers’ Association.
Peter Roach, Cricket Australia’s Head of Cricket Operations, said:
“To have achieved close to a full slate of matches in a pandemic-afflicted summer is testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone in Australian Cricket and demonstrates a collective commitment to supporting and promoting domestic cricket.
“Today’s announcement locks in the final pieces of the most complex scheduling puzzle ever attempted by cricket and we are exceptionally grateful to our players, State and Territory Associations and the ACA for their patience in this process and look forward to delivering a compelling end to the domestic season.
“We’re also grateful to Marsh who, as CA’s long-term risk management partner, has continued to assist us to navigate the challenges of the 2020-21 season across the whole of Cricket, from grassroots through to our international teams. Marsh’s support has been vital and through good risk management we’ve been able to announce such a strong men’s domestic schedule today to cap off an unprecedented summer/season.
“Cricket fans around the country have already enjoyed a highly successful start to the summer with the Dettol Men’s ODI and T20 series against India, Commonwealth Bank Women’s ODI and T20I Series’ against New Zealand, the rebel Women’s Big Bash League and four entertaining rounds of Marsh Sheffield Shield cricket.
“We’re now a week into the tenth edition of the KFC Big Bash League and will look ahead with great anticipation to the men’s Vodafone Test before the resumption of domestic First Class and List A cricket in February.”
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