Last night Cricket Australia released the 2020/21 international schedule which boasts an impressive line-up of Test, ODI and Twenty20 cricket. There is an understanding that border closures, travel restrictions and other biosecurity measures may impact the schedule and therefore it is subject to change.

Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts stated, “While acknowledging the difficulty in navigating a global pandemic, we are nonetheless encouraged by the progress Australia is making in combating the coronavirus and the positive impact that is having on our ability to host an exciting summer of cricket in 2020/21.

We know that circumstances or events beyond our control could mean that the final schedule potentially may look different to the one released today, but we'll be doing everything we can to get as much international cricket in as possible this summer.”

As part of the schedule, three international fixtures were announced to take place at Manuka Oval including:

- A men’s T20 international between Australia and India

A women’s ODI between Australia and India

- The first men’s ODI in Canberra since 2016 featuring Australia and New Zealand

Cricket ACT believe that Canberra is the perfect hub for elite cricket next summer. CEO James Allsopp noted, “The ACT is well placed to host international cricket despite any schedule changes that need to be made. There have not been any active COVID-19 cases in over three weeks, we have not had any community transmission of the virus and we are centred between two major states without border restrictions.”

Both the 2018/19 and 2019/20 international cricket seasons proved that there is a robust appetite for cricket in Canberra.

On February 1, 2019, Manuka Oval became the 11th Australian Test match venue when Australia took on Sri Lanka and over the course of four days had an impressive 30,345 attendees.

In the most recent cricket season, the Australia v Pakistan T20 at Manuka Oval on November 5, 2019 saw 8,848 spectators despite it being on the Tuesday evening of Melbourne Cup Day.

Manuka Oval also had huge success with the Women’s T20 World Cup matches and, at the time of the event, the Australia v Bangladesh match on February 27, 2020 broke the record for the 4th highest attended single day of women’s international cricket in Australian history.

Allsopp continued, “Even if fans are unable to attend games, international cricket beamed around the world on TV, radio and digital platforms puts the spotlight on Canberra and highlights the vibrancy and beauty of the city, particularly during the summer.”

Cricket ACT will continue to provide updates on the status of cricket in Canberra as the situation unfolds. Meanwhile, we remain optimistic about the upcoming 2020/21 cricket season and look forward to once again enjoying the sport we all love.

2020-21 Men’s and Women’s International Schedule (Subject to change)

Gillette Men’s ODI Series against Zimbabwe  
Australia v Zimbabwe at TBA (August 9)   
Australia v Zimbabwe at TBA (August 12)
Australia v Zimbabwe at Riverway Stadium, Townsville (August 15)  

CommBank Women’s T20I Series against New Zealand  
Australia v New Zealand at North Sydney Oval, North Sydney (September 27)  
Australia v New Zealand at North Sydney Oval, North Sydney (September 29)
Australia v New Zealand at North Sydney Oval, North Sydney (October 1)  

CommBank Women’s ODI Series against New Zealand  
Australia v New Zealand at Riverway Stadium, Townsville (October 5)
Australia v New Zealand at Cazaly’s Stadium, Cairns (October 7)
Australia v New Zealand at Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast (October 10)  

Gillette Men’s T20I Series against West Indies  
Australia v West Indies at Riverway Stadium, Townsville (October 4)
Australia v West Indies at Cazaly’s Stadium Cairns (October 6) 
Australia v West Indies at Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast (October 9)  

Gillette Men’s T20I Series against India  
Australia v India at the Gabba, Brisbane (October 11)  
Australia v India at Manuka Oval, Canberra (October 14)  
Australia v India at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide (October 17)  

Men’s Test Series against Afghanistan  
Standalone Test, Australia v Afghanistan at Perth Stadium, Perth (November 21-25)   

Men’s Test Series against India  
Australia v India at the Gabba, Brisbane (December 3- 7)  
Australia v India at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide (December 11 - 15)  
Boxing Day Test, Australia v India at the MCG, Melbourne (December 26 - 30)  
Pink Test, Australia v India at the SCG, Sydney (January 3 - 7) 

CommBank Women’s ODI Series against India  

Australia v India at Manuka Oval, Canberra (January 22)  
Australia v India at Junction Oval, St Kilda (January 25)   
Australia v India at Blundstone Arena, Hobart (January 28)  

Gillette Men’s ODI Series against India  

Australia v India at Perth Stadium, Perth (January 12)  
Australia v India at the MCG, Melbourne (January 15)  
Australia v India at the SCG, Sydney (January 17)   

Gillette Men’s ODI & T20I Series against New Zealand  
Australia v New Zealand ODI at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide (January 26)   
Australia v New Zealand ODI at Manuka Oval, Canberra (January 29)  
Australia v New Zealand ODI at Blundstone Arena, Hobart (January 31)  
Australia v New Zealand T20 at the SCG, Sydney (February 2)