The Shield final will be held from April 15th to 19th. © Getty
Cricket Australia, Wednesday, December 16, confirmed a full 22 One-Day Cup match schedule for the current season, starting February 16 with the final on April 30. It is the very last for an Australian national season. .
A nine-round Sheffield Shield season has been announced in the pandemic-affected cricket season, one match less than the regular season. Victoria, having participated in only two of the first four rounds played in South Australia, will play seven games in early 2021. New South Wales and Queensland have six games remaining each, while all other states have five.
The Shield final will be held from April 15th to 19th.
The announcement of the schedule comes a week after the announcement of a full eight-round WNCL competition from January 15th. Peter Roach, Head of Cricket Operations at Cricket Australia, said: “Having reached almost a full list of matches in a Pandemic Summer is a testament to everyone’s hard work and dedication in Australian cricket and demonstrates a collective commitment to support and promote home cricket.
“Today’s announcement hangs in the last pieces of the most complex programming puzzle ever attempted by cricket and we are exceptionally grateful to our players, state and territorial associations and the ACA for their patience in this process and we don’t see the time to give a compelling end to the domestic season.
“We are also grateful to Marsh who, as CA’s long-term risk management partner, has continued to help us overcome the challenges of the 2020-21 season across Cricket, from grassroots football to our international teams. Marsh’s support was key and through good risk management we were able to announce today such a strong men’s national program to cap off an unprecedented summer / season.
“Cricket fans across the country have already enjoyed a very 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’s rebel Women’s Big Bash League and four fun rounds of Marsh Sheffield Shield cricket.
“We are now in the tenth edition of the KFC Big Bash League and we will look forward with great anticipation to the men’s Vodafone Test before the resumption of national First Class and List A cricket in February”.