The Australian Cricketers’ Association welcomes the announcement of the remaining fixtures for the 2020-21 domestic season.
General Manager Cricket Operations & Player Relations Brendan Drew said that it was a testament to the players that near a full season will be achieved.
“Earlier in the season, the ACA Board on behalf of our members affirmed the importance of domestic cricket and state competitions
“And thanks to the commitment of the players, alongside the Australian Cricket Council, Cricket Australia, the States and the broadcasters, the game has been able to achieve this.
“The domestic calendar of Sheffield Shield, WNCL and Marsh Cup is the backbone of Australian cricket.
“And in an extraordinary year, it is encouraging that these competitions will continue to deliver the strongest domestic cricket in the world.”
Drew was particularly happy that the WNCL would maintain its eight game season, after increasing from six in 2019-20.
“We have continually advocated for more domestic cricket for our female players, so it is terrific that we can maintain that momentum from this year’s WBBL, as we look to increase 50 over playing opportunities in the future.
“The WNCL is the leading domestic female 50 over competition in the world, and will be extremely important as our players prepare for the 50 over World Cup in New Zealand that has been rescheduled for 2022.”
Drew commended all players for the flexibility they have shown so far in 2020-21, with the WBBL, Sheffield Shield games and the BBL being played in hubs.
“In terms of Marsh Cup and Sheffield Shield our male players have shown great flexibility to ensure that the early rounds of the Sheffield Shield were able to be achieved in October and November, as well as being open to extending the season. ”
“Our players understand the importance of the domestic game, and should be celebrated for their commitment throughout the season.”