North Sydney Oval will remain the home of women’s cricket in Sydney for at least the next four years as reported by the Ministry of Sport, Australia.
The decision was taken collectively by Cricket Australia (CA), Cricket NSW, the Sydney Sixers, and North Sydney Council.
The North Sydney Oval has been home for Australia Women for a long time with games of the Southern Stars being played there. Teams such as Sydney Sixers Rebel Women’s Big Bash League side and first-class teams such as Blues and Breakers play there.
Cricket Australia made a deal as part of which, at least one international match featuring Australia women’s side and four Rebel Women’s Big Bash League matches will be played at the venue every season for the next four years. This proposal can also be extended to another four years.
As reported by ministryofsport.com.au,
Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager of Fan Engagement, Anthony Everard, said: “We’re very pleased to be announcing that North Sydney will continue to be the home of women’s cricket for the next four years, with the option to extend four years beyond that. We are committed to elevating elite women’s cricket, and ensuring we play at first-class venues where female players and fans are put first is integral. Fans have already shown us that they love coming to North Sydney Oval to watch international cricket, and the Council’s commitment to the venue will make it a first-class experience.”
“North Sydney Council is delighted that our historic Oval will be the home ground of the WBBL Sydney Sixers and the Sydney home for women’s cricket at the State and International level for the next eight years. Our Council has invested approximately $5M in upgrading the facilities at North Sydney Oval to ensure it can host first-class sport. More improvements are planned over the next two years,” North Sydney Mayor and Councillor Jilly Gibson said.
“This agreement between Cricket NSW, Cricket Australia and North Sydney Council cements its place as the home of women’s cricket in Sydney for the Australian Women’s Cricket Team and the Sydney Sixers WBBL team, but also ensure elite cricket continues to be played at the venue”, Gibson added.
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