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Cricket NSW CEO Lee Germon has backed the Sydney Test to remain in the first week of the New Year, its traditional spot in Australia’s summer cricket calendar.
“The Pink Test in Sydney in the first week of the New Year is as much a part of Australian cricket, and indeed Australian culture, as the Boxing Day Test is for Melbourne,” Germon said.
“Some of the greatest moments in Test history have been played at the Sydney Cricket Ground in that first week of January and we see absolutely no reason to break with tradition and custom.
“The Sydney Test has become synonymous with the McGrath Foundation through the highly successful ‘Pink Test’ initiative. It also drives significant benefits to tourism in Sydney and the state of NSW.
“Scheduling discussions around a summer are always ongoing between stakeholders but Cricket Australia have not given any indication to Cricket NSW that they are considering a move from tradition.
“Ultimately, we want what is best for Australian cricket and the fans of our sport, but we strongly believe that is not served by moving a long standing and successful piece of the calendar.”
The New Year’s Test during the summer of 2023/24 is set to be against Pakistan.