Cricket Australia has today released the 2019-20 International Schedule.
Summer of Cricket Highlights
- Five nations will tour Australia this summer, in addition to the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup
- Sri Lanka will tour across men’s and women’s, while the Australian Women’s Cricket Team will also play India and England, and the Australian Men’s Cricket Team will also take on Pakistan and New Zealand.
- International cricket will be played at 10 venues: Adelaide Oval, Allan Border Field, Blundstone Arena, The Gabba, Junction Oval, North Sydney Oval, Manuka Oval, MCG, Perth Stadium and SCG.
- 28 matches of international cricket across the 2019-20 season, in addition to the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup
- The Domain Test between Australia and Pakistan at The Gabba is the first time teams compete for the ICC Test Championship points on Australian soil.
- The biggest ever season for women’s cricket in Australia will culminate with the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final at the MCG on International Women’s Day on March 8
- The summer of cricket will again be aired via Cricket Australia’s broadcast partners Fox Cricket, the Seven Network and Kayo Sports.
- The summer of cricket will begin with T20 World Champion Australia competing against Sri Lanka in three Commonwealth Bank T20 Internationals at North Sydney Oval and three Commonwealth Bank One-Day Internationals at Allan Border Field in Brisbane.
- The three top ranked teams in the world – Australia, England and India – will compete in the Commonwealth Bank T20 INTL Tri Series in January ahead of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup starting February 21 to March 8.
- Manuka Oval and Junction Oval to host Tri Series matches as well as ICC Women’s T20 World Cup matches.
- Gillette T20 INTL Series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan to open the men’s season in preparation for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2020.
- The Gabba will host the first Domain Test of the summer between Australia and Pakistan in November.
- Day-night cricket will return to Adelaide, with the Adelaide Oval hosting the second and final Test against Pakistan.
- Perth Stadium will play host to day-night cricket for the first time r, opening the Domain Test Series between Australia and New Zealand which features the first Boxing Day Test in more than 30 years for the Trans-Tasman rivals.
- The SCG will host the 12th Domain Pink Test and the final Test against New Zealand.
- New Zealand will return to Australian shores in March for the retro inspired Gillette ODI Series in Sydney and Hobart.
2019-20 International Schedule
- The full schedule can be viewed here:
- Public tickets for all International matches on sale from May 23
- Tickets to the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 are available now: t20worldcup.com
Speaking on the 2019-20 International Schedule, Cricket Australia Head of Cricket Operations Peter Roach said:
“The 2019-20 International schedule offers a great breadth of elite men’s and women’s cricket.”
“There are many considerations when forming the schedule, but paramount is ensuring we have a schedule that offers great cricket for our fans.
“The Pakistan and New Zealand Tests will be the first matches played in Australia for ICC Test Championship points. The ICC Test Championship will give Test cricket greater context and make every match count with nine countries participating for the 2019-2021 title.
“The ODI Series against New Zealand will also be significant as the last set of ODIs played at home before the ODI League begins in 2020. This League will serve as the part of the qualification process for the 2023 Cricket World Cup.
“The ODIs will be played in March, beginning after the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final.
“Scheduling international cricket is challenging in that nine of the ten major cricketing countries have seasons similar to ours, so working with them to find space in the calendar to fulfil our obligations to the ICC Future Tours Program is a juggling act.
“The long-range Future Tours Program had three separate limited-overs series scheduled between India, New Zealand and Australia. When the countries started working through the detail, it was clear that there was not enough space for each series at the proposed times.
“Cricket Australia took the position that while January was our preference for these ODI matches, there are times we need to honor our commitments to work in the greater context of international cricket scheduling.
“We evaluated different options for an alternative and saw the most value in the March opportunity to extend our window in the traditional cricket season.
“We’re excited about the amount of elite international cricket on home soil in 209-2020, with the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup and the final on March 8 providing an excellent platform to lead into the ODI Series which commences on March 13. “The three top ranked women’s teams in the world – Australia, England and India – will compete in the
Commonwealth Bank T20 INTL Tri Series in January, with the series rounding out the teams’ ICC Women’s T20 World Cup preparations.
“Pakistan is the number one ranked team for T20 Internationals and will offer great preparation for our men to test themselves against the best in the lead up to the 2020 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia.
“New Zealand hasn’t played on the big stage of Boxing Day for more than 30 years but is currently the number two ranked Test nation which will be a great challenge and provide plenty to play for.”
Also speaking on the 2019-20 International Schedule, Cricket Australia Executive General Manager Fan Engagement Anthony Everard said: “Cricket is such a unique sport which provides us with the opportunity to experience different cultures, different opposition and different players, something we’re very grateful for.
“It’s going to be a massive international season of cricket, with five countries represented across men’s and women’s with matches being played at 10 different venues across the country.
“There are a number of standout features for our fans, including the return of New Zealand to the Boxing Day Test and the first day-night Test at Perth Stadium, along with return of day-night cricket to the Adelaide Oval.