Cricket Australia releases dates for New Zealand, India series  

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Cricket Australia is confident of hosting a safe and successful summer after announcing its 2020-21 men’s and women’s international schedule on Thursday (May 28). The women are set to host New Zealand in three-match T20I and ODI series in September and October later this year, while India will be touring the country in January next year also for a three-match ODI series, just a month before the Women’s World Cup in New Zealand.

While Australia will be playing all their T20Is against a Sophie Devine-led New Zealand at the North Sydney Oval on September 27, 29 and October 1, they make a shift in the format with the first ODI at Riverway Stadium in Townsville on October 5. The next two ODIs are at Cazaly’s Stadium in Cairns (October 7) and at Metricon Stadium in Gold Coast (October 10).

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India play their first match at Manuka Oval in Canberra on January 22 followed by second ODI at Junction Oval in St Kilda (January 25) and the final game at Blundstone Arena in Hobart (January 28). “While acknowledging the difficulty in navigating a global pandemic, we are nonetheless encouraged by the progress Australia is making in combatting the coronavirus and the positive impact that is having on our ability to host an exciting summer of cricket in 2020-21,” Kevin Roberts, Cricket Australia CEO, said.

“Cricket plays an important role in society, and we know our fans are excited at the prospect of seeing their heroes in action again this summer after what has been a challenging year for everyone. We will continue to assess whether it is possible for them to attend matches in person, however, if it is not deemed possible, we already have a solid blueprint in place,” he added. “We will not rush any decisions however it’s crucial for us all to have a blueprint to work from to deliver cricket safely.”