CRICKET fans are being urged to get in quick and secure their seats at international matches at Manuka Oval this summer, with general public tickets to go on sale on Friday (July 22).
Cricket ACT will celebrate its centenary this season, and the Canberra schedule is headlined by men’s two T20 internationals between Australia and England on Wednesday, October 12 and Friday, October 14, and a women’s T20 international clash between Australia and Pakistan on Sunday, January 29.
A Cricket ACT centenary gala luncheon will be held on October 14 in conjunction with the men’s clash, which is the final game of a three-game series.
Both teams are expected to field full strength sides, given it is the key warm-up series before Australia defends its T20 World Cup crown on home soil from mid-October.
Cricket ACT CEO, Olivia Thornton, urged fans to act quickly in securing their tickets, with seats at the October 14 Australia-England clash in particular expected to be a hot commodity.
“It has been a tough couple of years, but we’re super excited about our calendar for the upcoming season,” Thornton said.
“To have England and Pakistan in town is quite phenomenal, we’re really looking forward to it.
“If you are interested in tickets, jump online because it (Australia-England games) will be a sellout. To have the England men’s line-ups leading into the World Cup, I have no doubt both countries will be playing their full-strength teams.”
Thornton said it was vital Canberra hosts elite level cricket content to attract and retain the next generation.
“The data of the last few years, especially in the female space with the World Cup games that were here, we’ve had 100 per cent year-on-year growth over the last two or three years,” she said.
“We know bringing the best players here and having our local community have access to the best players does inspire the next generation.
“It’s absolutely critical we continue to have this level of content here in Canberra.
“Regardless of where you’re sitting, you feel like you’re in the best seat in the house. It does have a boutique look and feel about it, and we’re really proud of that fact as well.”
Venues Canberra executive branch manager, Matthew Elkins, said the English team’s rare appearance in the city is an ideal highlight for the centenary season.
“Each year I say it’s the biggest summer ever, but to have two T20 internationals between Australia and England, it really is an exciting time to be at Manuka Oval,” Elkins said.
“And on January 29, we have the Australian women’s team playing Pakistan.
“I think we’ve moved through what has been one of our most challenging times. We’re slowly but surely getting back to what is a normal match day experience.
“We’re looking forward to a special cricket occasion in 2022-23.”
International tickets are now available to the Australian Cricket Family, and general public tickets go on sale on at noon on Friday.
Tickets can be purchased at cricket.com.au/tickets. Tickets to men’s international matches start at $30 for adults, $10 for children and $65 for families.
Women’s international tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for children and $43 for families.
BBL and WBBL tickets go on sale to the public at 2pm AEST on August 18.
INTERNATIONAL GAMES AT MANUKA
Men’s Twenty20 Internationals
Wednesday, October 12 and Friday, October 14: Australia v England (both matches start 6.40pm)
Women’s Twenty20 International
Sunday, January 29: Australia v Pakistan (1.45pm)
Tickets are available at cricket.com.au/tickets now for members of the Australian Cricket Family, and for the general public from Friday, July 22 (12pm).