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Queensland will open its arms to the most days of international cricket in recent times with today’s announcement by Cricket Australia of the 2022-23 fixture list featuring a record six touring teams.
Cairns, Townsville, Gold Coast and Brisbane will host 16 days of men’s and women’s international cricket in Queensland this summer with Australia hosting six countries during the season.
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will add a further four matches to the international flavour in Queensland, with games at the Gabba in October as well as pre-tournament training and warm-up events.
Northern Queensland will host six games in August and September.
Riverway Stadium in Townsville will host three Dettol ODI matches between Australia and Zimbabwe on August 28, 31 and 3 September.
Cazalys Stadium in Cairns will host three Men’s Dettol ODI games between Australia and New Zealand on 6, 8 and 11 September.
Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast will host two Men’s Dettol T20 International games between Australia and the West Indies on October 5 and 7 while the Gabba will host Australia taking on England in a T20 International on 9 October as part of the build-up to the ICC T20 World Cup.
The Gabba will also play host to the opening game of the Vodafone Test series against South Africa from 17-21 December, the first time since 2012 that the No.2 Test ranked Proteas have played a Test at the Gabba.
The world champion Australian women’s team will be in action in two Commonwealth Bank ODI matches against Pakistan at the newly redeveloped Allan Border Field on 16 and 18 January.
Queensland Sports Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said Cricket Australia’s international 2022-23 fixture was a win for Queensland fans around the state.
“All winter, we know Queenslanders look forward to the return of top, international cricket to our shores,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“From One Day Internationals to the T20I and the ICC T20 Cricket World Cup, in 2022 and 2023, Queenslanders will experience the world’s best at home.
“Bringing elite cricket’s greats to regional Queensland not only inspires young players to get to the top, but also provides a significant boost for local visitor economies.
“Queensland’s program of international cricket is part of our golden decade of sport and opportunity in the lead-up to the 2032 Games”
Cairns Regional Council Mayor Bob Manning said today:
“It is great to see international cricket returning to Cairns – especially against the Kiwis.
“Cazaly’s has been, and remains, the best cricket ground in regional Australia, and I am pleased to see that we will have some of the world’s best players take to the field in Cairns once again.
“Staging a game of this stature has many benefits. There is the immediate economic boost, the opportunity to showcase our region to a global audience and, just as importantly, the chance to inspire the next generation of cricketers from our region.”
Michael Healy MP, the State Member for Cairns, welcomed the return of international cricket to the region:
“We’re thrilled that the Australian Cricket Team is returning to Cairns. The games will provide a great boost to the region by reminding international visitors what a wonderful tourist destination Cairns is. The games will also provide a huge opportunity for local boys and girls to see their heroes playing cricket”
Queensland Cricket CEO Terry Svenson said the uplift in elite cricket staged at regional venues in Queensland followed the State’s strategy of working closely with local stakeholders to provide the community with more chances to experience the game at its highest levels.
“Local government partnerships are vital to enable these events to happen, and the investment in infrastructure in conjunction with local cricket stakeholders is paramount to these games being awarded.”
“We’re excited for local fans to be able to see these matches in their own backyards. The Australian men’s and women’s teams are leading the way internationally and we are delighted to welcome them to Cairns, Townsville, Gold Coast and of course to Brisbane.”
“Queensland worked hard behind the scenes to secure the opening Test against South Africa, which pits the top two ranked Test nations against each other and comes in the school holidays this year,’’ he said.
“The Gabba continues to hold its status as Australia cricket’s fortress, with its record of positive results over the past few decades the ideal way to start any series.
“Queensland Cricket will continue to work alongside Stadiums Queensland and the Queensland Government to open the summer with a strong, attractive Test match at the Gabba.”
The ODIs against New Zealand will mark the first international limited overs matches to be played at Cazalys since 2003, after Australia hosted Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in Test and limited overs games in northern Australia.
Riverway Stadium in Townsville has previously hosted ODI and T20 Internationals between PNG, Hong Kong and Ireland between 2014 and 2016.
It will be the first time the Australian men’s team has played at the venue.
Both Cairns and Townsville have successfully hosted domestic cricket like Sheffield Shield, domestic one-day games and WBBL.
KFC BBL|12, Weber WBBL|08, Marsh Sheffield Shield, Marsh One-Day Cup, Women’s National Cricket League dates will be confirmed in due course.
2022-23 INTERNATIONAL SCHEDULE
Men’s Dettol ODI Series v Zimbabwe
August 28: Riverway Stadium, Townsville | Bindal land
August 31: Riverway Stadium, Townsville | Bindal land
September 3: Riverway Stadium, Townsville | Bindal land
Men’s Dettol ODI Series v New Zealand
September 6: Cazalys Stadium, Cairns | Gimuy Walubara Yidinji land
September 8: Cazalys Stadium, Cairns | Gimuy Walubara Yidinji land
September 11: Cazalys Stadium, Cairns | Gimuy Walubara Yidinji land
Men’s Dettol T20I Series v West Indies
October 5: Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast | Yugambeh land
October 7: Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast | Yugambeh land
Men’s Dettol T20I Series v England
October 9: The Gabba, Brisbane | Yuggara land
October 12: Manuka Oval, Canberra | Ngunnawal land
October 14: Manuka Oval, Canberra | Ngunnawal land
Men’s Dettol ODI Series v England
November 17: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide | Kaurna land (D/N)
November 19: SCG, Sydney | Gadigal land (D/N)
November 22: MCG, Melbourne | Wurundjeri land (D/N)
Men’s Vodafone Test Series v West Indies
November 30 – December 4: Perth Stadium, Perth | Whadjuk land
December 8 – December 12: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide | Kaurna land (D/N)
Men’s Vodafone Test Series v South Africa
December 17 – December 21: The Gabba, Brisbane | Yuggara land
December 26 – December 30: MCG, Melbourne | Wurundjeri land
January 4 – January 8: SCG, Sydney | Gadigal land
Men’s Dettol ODI Series v South Africa
January 12: Blundstone Arena, Hobart | Mumirimina land
January 14: SCG, Sydney | Gadigal land
January 17: Perth Stadium, Perth | Whadjuk land
Women’s Commonwealth Bank ODI Series v Pakistan
January 16: Allan Border Field, Brisbane | Yuggara land
January 18: Allan Border Field, Brisbane | Yuggara land
January 21: North Sydney Oval, Sydney | Cameraygal Clan land
Women’s Commonwealth Bank T20I Series v Pakistan
January 24: North Sydney Oval, Sydney | Cameraygal Clan land
January 27: Manuka Oval, Canberra | Ngunnawal land (N)
January 29: Manuka Oval, Canberra | Ngunnawal land
*All matches and travel remain subject to any relevant government restrictions or requirements. CA reserves the right to change the 22-23 international cricket schedule.
ICC T20 Cricket World Cup – Queensland
Sun 30 October
1pm – Bangladesh v Group B winner
Mon 31 October
6pm – Australia v Group B runner-up
Tue 1 November
2pm – Afghanistan v Group A winner
6pm – England v New Zealand