The women’s cricket teams of New Zealand and Australia are set to return to the field for the first time after 6 months. The return will be in a condensed series in Brisbane, which consists of three Women’s One Day Internationals and three Women’s T20 Internationals.
The series will commence with the opening T20I on September 26, followed by games on September 27 and 30. The ODIs are scheduled on October 3, 5 and 7.
Originally, the T20I matches of the series were to be played in Sydney, with the ODI matches scheduled to be played in Queensland. However, the COVID-19 pandemic forced a change to the international women’s schedule. Now all the matches will be played at Allan Border Field in Brisbane, using biosecure protocols.
Australia’s players based in Victoria and NSW as well as the entire New Zealand squad arrived in Brisbane earlier this month and is undergoing a quarantine period of 14 days. Players from both countries have controlled access to outdoor training facilities at Allan Border Field during the quarantine period but are not allowed to interact with each other.
According to cricket.com, Queensland CEO Terry Svenson thanked the federal and state governments for allowing the hosting of the series.
“We’re pleased to have played a role along with cricket Australia and the State of Commonwealth Governments in bringing international sports back to the country,” said Svenson in a statement.
“Queensland Cricket is very grateful to the State Government for the support they’ve shown for this tour and their positive approach for allowing the series to go ahead in Queensland. We’re looking forward to providing cricket fans with the opportunity to experience some top-quality cricket and enjoy the best that Australia’s women’s team can deliver,” he added.
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Allan Border Field will be split into six zones
The Allan Border Field, where all the six matches have been scheduled between Australia and New Zealand, will be split into six zones. Fans will be restricted to cross over to other zones and have been recommended to follow social distancing and maintain a distance of a couple of bat lengths.
In order to comply with the state government regulations, the attendance at Allan Border Field has been capped at 50 percent and fans have been advised to limit singing, cheering and shouting to avoid transmission. Also, all the ticketing and payment procedures have been made contactless and there will be no autographs, high fives or photos permitted with players.
There is so much to look forward this summer, says CA’s interim CEO Nick Hockley
“There is so much to look forward this summer and everyone across Australian Cricket has been working hard to deliver a compelling summer of cricket,” said CA’s interim CEO Nick Hockley as quoted by cricket.com.
“Fans in Queensland continue to show how passionate they’re about women’s cricket with numerous sell-out crowds at the Allan Border Field in the past few years, including during the Women’s Ashes in 2017 and Women’s Big Bash League final. We would like to express our gratitude to the Queensland Government for allowing the tour to progress in a bio-secure way. We can’t wait for the start of the season and this would be the best way to celebrate the return of our World Champions,” he said.
“We’re confident that we will be able to deliver a full schedule of matches that excites and entertain fans across the country and all around the world,” he further added.