Cricket Australia officials are upbeat about the upcoming Australian summer that will be headlined by the Ashes 2021-22 and are planning to allow a 100 per cent spectatorship in all the grounds hosting the matches. Tickets will be sold for all the Men’s and Women’s international matches. However, the capacity is subject to change depending on the government’s restrictions owing to the pandemic.
Although all the grounds have the green light to operate at 100 per cent capacity, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) will operate at 85 per cent capacity on Boxing Day.
“We continue to work closely with venues and governments across Australia to ensure that events are held safely and greatly appreciate their support,” CEO Nick Hockley said in a statement.
“In the event that capacities are reduced due to government restrictions associated with the pandemic, we of course guarantee fans full refunds.”
“In a perfect world, we would welcome the Barmy Army back to these shores for a summer of singing and sportsmanship with our Australian fans,” Hockley said last month.
“Of course, we will be guided by the Australian Government on all things related to international travel and will advise our friends in England on our position closer to the time.
“I think there’s a fair few English expats living in Australia (and) I think there will also be a lot of people watching from England.
“Hopefully people will be able to make the trip but if they can’t, then I know they’ll be following very closely from England and from around the cricket world.”
The long Australian summer a total of 59 days of international cricket, highlighted by the men’s and women’s Ashes, while the men’s teams of Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and New Zealand will also take place in Australia along with India’s women’s side.
Ashes 2021-22 Fixtures
Dec 8-12: First Test, The Gabba
Dec 16-20: Second Test, Adelaide Oval
Dec 26-30: Third Test, MCG
Jan 5-9: Fourth Test, SCG
Jan 14-18: Fifth Test, Perth Stadium