14 June 2011
Cricket fans in NSW can look forward to a treat next summer, with the announcement of the International cricket schedule for the 2011/12 season.
The highlight of the summer will be the first-ever International cricket match to be played at Sydney Olympic Park, when Australia take on India on Wednesday 1 February 2012 in a Twenty20 night fixture.
The game promises to be a sell-out with the prospect of 82,000 fans experiencing the big-hitting of the likes of David Warner and Virender Sehwag, at a venue that has already successfully played host to the RTA SpeedBlitz Blues during their KFC Big Bash campaigns.
Next season, Sydney Olympic Park will also be the home of the newly-formed Sydney Thunder in the re-launched Big Bash League, while the Sydney Cricket Ground will host the Sydney Sixers.
The SCG will again host the New Year’s Vodafone Test match, when Australia take on India from 3 – 7 January 2012, in a re-match of the dramatic Test match that took place at the venue in 2008.
In addition, the SCG will host two Commonwealth Bank One-Day series matches as the format reverts to a Tri-Series involving India and Sri Lanka. Australia will take on Sri Lanka in a day-night match on Friday 17 February, followed by India in a day-night match on Sunday 26 February 2012.
Cricket NSW Chief Executive David Gilbert is excited about the summer ahead for fans:
“Next summer offers a great opportunity for all cricket fans in NSW to watch the Australian team take on the might of India. The first-ever International match at Sydney Olympic Park will be the long-awaited opportunity for fans in western Sydney to witness an international fixture on their doorstep. India are the current No.1 ranked Test team in the world and were recently crowned World Cup One-Day Champions so the competition will be fierce. Sri Lanka, too, pose a huge threat and return to Australian shores just a year after winning the One-Day series. The New Year’s Test match will also be an enthralling affair, in what is likely to be the great Sachin Tendulkar’s final Test match at the SCG.”
ANZ Stadium Managing Director, Daryl Kerry, added: “We’ve had our sights set on the 2011/12 summer of cricket for some time now and cannot wait for the historic debut of international cricket.
“Twenty20 has proven a hit, and with Australia set to do battle with cricket powerhouse India, the February 1 contest is sure to be a fantastic spectacle for sports fans.
“Add the new-look Big Bash League, and our newest home team, the Sydney Thunder, and we’re in for a thrilling summer.”