Sheffield Shield 2021-22 – New South Wales and Victoria set to play Shield matches between themselves prior to the Ashes


Both teams denied entry into South Australia to quarantine and play against other states due to Covid border restrictions

New South Wales and Victoria are set to play up to three Sheffield Shield and three Marsh Cup fixtures between themselves in Sydney and Melbourne starting in late October after both states were denied the chance to enter either South Australia or Northern Territory to quarantine and play against other states.

Plans had been in place for a month to have both teams to enter 14-day hard hotel quarantine in South Australia starting on October 4 to then play up to four Shield matches and five Marsh Cup matches interstate against South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, and Queensland with most of those borders open to each other. Both sides had agreed to do hard quarantine without training exemptions in the hope to get their seasons underway.

But those plans have fallen through with NSW head of male cricket Michael Klinger confirming on Tuesday that the two states were not given exemptions to enter South Australia, after previously being knocked back on a request to quarantine in the Northern Territory.

“We won’t be travelling,” Klinger said. “We’ve done our best over the last month to try and get ourselves interstate.

“We worked really hard with some governments to put some submissions in to allow that to happen. But unfortunately, we just haven’t been able to get it over the line with some state governments that we tried to.

“The positives out of that is that the next steps are we’re working really closely now with Cricket Australia and Cricket Victoria and our respective governments to get some games going against Victoria probably late October and into November to get both our seasons started. Hopefully be able to play them potentially on the main grounds and get some quality cricket in before the start of the BBL and more importantly for some of the guys playing Test cricket to get some preparation for them before the Ashes.”

New South Wales and Victoria are currently in lockdown but with vaccination rates rising there is optimism that both states could be open to each other by late October, despite borders to other states remaining close indefinitely. That would give the two teams a chance to play as many as three Shield games at both the SCG and MCG over the course of a month prior to the Ashes and BBL starting in December.

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