The Australian cricket will have its last final season, Cricket Australia revealing a marathon for men, which will last until the last day of April.
Despite the reduction in the number of Marsh Sheffield Shield regular season matches from 10 to nine per team, the first-class competition is set for its last final in its 128-year history, with the five-day final taking place on April 15. .
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The Marsh One-Day Cup will be played in its entirety beginning Feb. 16 (between Shield matches at the start, before continuing after the Shield Finals), with all states playing seven games of more than 50 pieces each before the cricket season begins. it finally ends with the end on April 30th.
The Sheffield Shield season stretched earlier in April, but never passed the first week, while the one-day competition has never played games so late in the season.
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With Australia scheduled to host concurrent tournaments in New Zealand (for limited matches) and South Africa (for tests), the final months of the season are set to deeply test the depth of state teams.
It also seems to clash with the expected start of the Indian Premier League in 2021. Many Australian players have already missed the first four rounds of the Sheffield Shield in October-November, as they participated in the late 2020 edition of the profitable T20 league.
While nationally and state-contracted players have routinely remained on their state teams when IPL previously started with the domestic season still underway, such a long overlap is unprecedented.
Players who are taken into the IPL may have to choose between adjusting their skills to the best T20 domestic league in the world before the 2020 T20 World Cup (which will take place in India in October) and playing in a Sheffield Shield. final games or over 50 years for their states.
The program will be particularly taxable for Victoria, who played only two Shield games in the Adelaide balloon earlier this year, due to complications due to quarantine requirements.
When completed, the Vics will play eight Shield games and four of the seven Marsh Cup games in nine and a half weeks. He could play up to 41 days out of 75 if he completed both finals of the competition.
Current champions New South Wales and Queensland have six more Shield games in the regular season, while Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania have five left.
The Redbacks will play all but one of the remaining games at Shield, away from home, after the first part of the competition was hosted entirely in Adelaide.
Tasmania, on the other hand, will play a single Shield game after the BBL away from the Blundstone Arena in Hobart.
In addition to the return of the internal cricket to test sites such as SCG, MCG, Gabba and Adelaide Oval, Shield games will also be played at WACA Ground, Oval Junction, Allan Border Field, North Dalton Park in Wollongong. will take place one day at the North Sydney Oval, Bankstown Oval and Karen Rolton Oval in Adelaide.
Foxtel will once again broadcast the five-day Sheffield Shield final, as well as 13 of the Marsh Day Cup matches, while the rest of the Shield and over 50 games will be broadcast live on the Cricket Network.
CA Chief of Operations Peter Roach said the device was “the most complex planning puzzle the cricket has ever tried.”
“Having an almost complete list of matches in a pandemic-affected summer is a testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone in Australian Cricket and demonstrates a collective commitment to supporting and promoting domestic cricket,” said Roach.