Cricket Australia (CA) on Monday announced the modified fixtures of the second round of the Marsh Sheffield Shield. The board has made the changes in the schedule of the second round in order to give players enough time for the preparation of first-class cricket.
As per the announced schedule, the match between Victoria and New South Wales won’t take place now. Instead, New South Wales will square off against the Western Australia, while Victoria will take on Queensland.
“Cricket Australia thanks the state and territory associations, the Australian Cricketers Association, players, staff and match officials for their understanding and flexibility in these unique circumstances as we strive for a successful and safe summer of cricket,” CA said in an official statement.
The round one match between New South Wales and Victoria which was postponed to November 17-20 has also been pushed further.
The entire decision was made after consulting the sports science and biosecurity experts of the country. The decision was also taken considering the upcoming season of the Big Bash League commencing in December.
“The adjusted Marsh Sheffield Shield round two fixture has been designed to increase competitive balance among all teams and considers the health and safety of all participating players. We look forward to both matches getting underway next Monday, October 19.” Drew Ginn, Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager, High Performance, said.
The Sheffield Shield fixture for round two is as follows:
October 19-22: South Australia v Tasmania, Karen Rolton Oval
October 19-22: Western Australia v New South Wales, Park 25