Apr 042013

Cricket Australia (CA) today advised that next summer’s Chairman’s XI tour match against England will need to be transferred from Manuka Oval, due to resurfacing works on its outfield.

“Due to the timings of the works, CA has been informed that Manuka Oval will not be available to host the Chairman’s XI two-day tour match versus England on 29-30 November,” said Mike McKenna, Executive General Manager – Operations.

“CA understands that this decision has not been taken lightly but it is in the best long term interests of cricket in Canberra.

“Canberra has had a fantastic summer of cricket including hosting the Chairman’s XI match, a Bupa Sheffield Shield match, a Ryobi One-Day Cup match, the Prime Minister’s XI, and selling out the Commonwealth Bank Series match between Australia and the West Indies, which was the first ever one day international match in Canberra involving Australia.”

ACT Minister for Sport and Recreation Andrew Barr said, “the resurfacing works are necessary and will give Manuka Oval and Canberra the best chance to continue to host top class cricket fixtures in the future, and will support the ACT Government’s bid for Cricket World Cup matches in 2015.”

CA is currently working on finding an alternative venue for the Chairman’s XI match, and an announcement will be made in due course.

First Posted 04 April, 2013 6:42PM AEST

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