Cricket ACT has today announced that all local cricket matches will have a scheduled bye on the weekend of Canberra’s historic maiden test match between Australia and Sri Lanka at Manuka Oval on February 1-5 2019.  

The bye incorporates all premier, women’s, junior, city & suburban and social cricket competitions and will allow anyone normally involved in local cricket the opportunity to attend day two and three of the test. 

Cricket ACT Chief Executive Officer Cameron French said the associations decision was a fairly simple one.

“For us it was an obvious decision not to make our local players, officials and volunteers have to choose between attending the match or fulfilling their local cricket commitments,” French said  

“This decision has been widely supported by our clubs and we hope that this will encourage more locals to attend.

“This is Canberra’s first time hosting an international test match and we want to make it as accessible as possible to everyone.”

French has also urged anyone interested in purchasing tickets to secure them early.    

“We are anticipating high levels of interest in this match and are confident that not only will the Canberra cricket community support this event but it will also attract visitors to the region,”

“The Sri Lankan community in Australia only have two opportunities to see their team play this summer and one of those is in Canberra on February 1-5.

“Public tickets go on sale this Friday and we encourage you to secure your tickets to avoid any disappointment.”

Tickets for both the Australia v Sri Lanka test match as well as the Prime Ministers XI v South Africa on October 31 go on sale to the public on Friday June 8 at 10am AEST. Visit cricket.com.au/tickets for further information.