Australia’s domestic season start delayed by Covid-19 challenges

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Changes to the Marsh Cup, Sheffield Shield, and WNCL fixtures due to state lockdowns and border closures

Cricket Australia has confirmed changes to the domestic schedule with this weekend’s opening round to the 50-over Marsh Cup competition delayed as Covid-19 lockdowns in New South Wales and Victoria and border closures between states continue to cause scheduling headaches.

The Marsh Cup was set to begin on Saturday with Victoria hosting South Australia in Melbourne before defending champions New South Wales traveled to play Western Australia on Sunday in Perth. But both matches have been postponed due to lockdowns and border restrictions on people travelling to and from both states.

The men’s domestic season will now begin on September 22 with South Australia hosting Western Australia in a Marsh Cup game at Karen Rolton Oval in Adelaide. The two sides were due to open their Sheffield Shield season on September 28 but that game has been moved forward to start on September 24 at the same venue.

(With Inputs from ESPN)

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