Cricket Australia became the first board to confirm schedule for the 2020-21 season after the novel coronavirus pandemic brought the sport to a standstill. The schedule was announced a day after it was widely reported that India’s tour of Australia will get underway as per its original schedule from December 3 at the Gabba.
Australia’s 2020-21 season will include Tests against India and Afghanistan along with ODIs against India, New Zealand and Zimbabwe and T20 Internationals against India, New Zealand and the West Indies.
Meanwhile, the women’s side are scheduled to play T20s against the New Zealand as well as ODIs against both India and the White Ferns as as they look ahead to the one-day World Cup across the Tasman early next year, Cricket Australia said in a statement.
Cricket Australia working closely with the BCCI to deliver the eagerly anticipated men’s and women’s tours
Cricket Australia chief executive Kevin Roberts has given special weightage to men’s and women’s series’ against India as it will help the board recover from the losses it had incurred due to the halt in matches due to pandemic situation. Roberts has said that his board is closely working with the BCCI to make sure the much-anticipated series’ gets underway as per scheduled.
“While acknowledging the difficulty in navigating a global pandemic, we are nonetheless encouraged by the progress Australia is making in combating the coronavirus and the positive impact that is having on our ability to host an exciting summer of cricket in 2020-21,” Roberts said in a statement.
“We know that circumstances or events beyond our control could mean that the final schedule potentially may look different to the one released today, but we’ll be doing everything we can to get as much international cricket in as possible this summer.
“We will communicate any changes to the schedule if or when they are required.”
The season calendar unveiled today also confirms the dates for India’s tour of Australia in December. Australia are also scheduled to host India for a three-match T20I series, starting from October 11 in Brisbane.
Here’s the entire Cricket Australia schedule for 2020-21 season (subjected to change):
Gillette Men’s ODI Series v Zimbabwe
First ODI: August 9, TBC
Second ODI: August 12, TBC
Third ODI: August 15, Riverway Stadium, Townsville
CommBank Women’s T20 Series v New Zealand
First T20: September 27, North Sydney Oval
Second T20: September 29, North Sydney Oval
Third T20: October 1, North Sydney Oval
Gillette Men’s T20 INTL Series v West Indies
First T20: October 4, Riverway Stadium, Townsville
Second T20: October 6, Cazaly’s Stadium, Cairns
Third T20: October 9, Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast
CommBank Women’s ODI Series v New Zealand
First ODI: October 5, Riverway Stadium, Townsville
Second ODI: October 7, Cazaly’s Stadium, Cairns
Third ODI: October 10, Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast
Gillette Men’s T20 INTL Series v India
First T20: October 11, the Gabba, Brisbane
Second T20: October 14, Manuka Oval, Canberra
Third T20: October 17, Adelaide Oval
Men’s T20 World Cup
The men’s T20 World Cup is scheduled from October 18 to November 15. Full details here
Men’s Test v Afghanistan
Only Test: November 21-25, Perth Stadium (day-night)
Men’s Test Series v India
First Test: December 3-7, the Gabba, Brisbane
Second Test: December 11-15, Adelaide Oval (day-night)
Third Test: December 26-30, MCG
Fourth Test: January 3-7, SCG
Gillette Men’s ODI Series v India
First ODI: January 12, Perth Stadium
Second ODI: January 15, MCG
Third ODI: January 17, SCG
CommBank Women’s ODI Series v India
First ODI: January 22, Manuka Oval, Canberra
Second ODI: January 25, Junction Oval, Melbourne
Third ODI: January 28, Blundstone Arena, Hobart
Gillette Men’s ODI Series v New Zealand
First ODI: January 26, Adelaide Oval
Second ODI: January 29, Manuka Oval, Canberra
Third ODI: January 31, Blundstone Arena, Hobart
Gillette Men’s T20 v New Zealand
Only T20: February 2, SCG