WACA Domestic Cricket Changes
The Western Australian State Cricket Teams will now be referred to as the Western Australian Men’s Team and the Western Australian Women’s Team, replacing the Western Warriors and the Western Fury heading into the 2019-20 Domestic Season.
The ‘nicknames’ Warriors and Fury were introduced in the mid-90’s to promote competitions like the Sheffield Shield, the One-Day Cup (ODC) and the Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) to a new and younger audience.
With the W/BBL teams now achieving this objective, it was deemed appropriate to move the State teams back to the original names and to create a stronger and more visible link across the WA talent pathway.
In line with the team name and brand changes, the 2019-20 Domestic Fixtures were released today announcing the renamed Marsh Sheffield Shield and Marsh One-Day Cup.
Marsh is a leading global professional services firm, which specialises in insurance broking and risk management. Marsh’s parent company, Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC), acquired JLT in April 2019 and as a result, the Marsh brand replaces JLT.
The format of the Marsh One-Day Cup will no longer be a festival style at the beginning of the summer, WA will start both ODC and Shield with two home games at the WACA Ground.
WA Men’s Team Head Coach, Adam Voges said;
“I really like the idea of extending the 50-over competition and going back to the old format of playing the one dayers and Sheffield Shield games side by side,” he said.
“It’s great that we get to start our campaigns at the WACA Ground in front of our Members and fans, and you would hope that the competition being named the Marsh Cup is a good omen!
“The squad has come together nicely and preseason is going well, so we all can’t wait to get started.”
“We are really excited about rebranding to WA Men’s Team and WA Women’s Team, we represent all West Australian’s and getting back to our roots is really important,” Voges said.
WA will play two extra games of WNCL this season, starting in with two games away in Queensland in September before breaking for the standalone WBBL season, and returning to the 50-over competition in January.
WA Women’s Team Head Coach, Lisa Keightley said;
“It’s a great opportunity to play more 50-over cricket,” she said.
“Everyone is excited to play more cricket, it’s great for the game and gives our players more opportunity to improve their craft.
“It really is an important time for women’s sport across the country, to have a standalone Women’s Big Bash League and now more 50-over games shows how strong the growth in the game is.”
“With the rebrand, it’s great to have Western Australian cricket all under the one umbrella. The players and staff love the idea of being known as WA Cricket and going back to using the heritage logo too is a nice touch.”
Perth will host two Tour matches against Pakistan at the WACA Ground and Optus Stadium.
Australia A will take on Pakistan in a day-night three-day Tour match at Optus Stadium starting Monday 11 November. Pakistan will then go up against a Cricket Australia XI at the WACA Ground in a two day tour match, starting Friday 15 November.