Tasmania is back on the map with Blundstone Arena hosting the finals of the JLT One-Day Cup.
Nick Cummins, CEO Cricket Tasmania welcomed the announcement and confirmed that Cricket Tasmania has been lobbying Cricket Australia for the return of domestic one day matches to Blundstone Arena.
“We are delighted with the return of the format this season and the prospect of Tasmania playing a home final is very enticing for our local fans.
Cricket Australia (CA) today confirmed that Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT) Australia has signed as a partner of Cricket Australia for the next four years, continuing in their role as official risk partner of CA.
The partnership provides JLT Australia with naming rights for the Sheffield Shield from the 2017-18 season, the 116th consecutive running of Australia’s domestic first-class competition, as well as brand exposure at men’s domestic and international cricket matches.
JLT will also take-up naming rights sponsorship of the One-Day Cup for the upcoming season.
Elite cricket will continue to serve new and existing markets following the announcement of the JLT One-Day Cup and Sheffield Shield schedules for the 2017-18 summer of cricket.
The summer will commence on 27 September, with the JLT One-Day Cup to be hosted in its tournament-style format in Perth and Brisbane, before heading to Sydney with the finals to be played in Hobart.
A CA XI squad will again feature in the tournament and will be the seventh team, playing against defending champions New South Wales, finalists South Australia, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania.
The 116th JLT Sheffield Shield season launches with a day-night round on 26 October at the Adelaide Oval, WACA and the Gabba, ahead of the first-ever Ashes day-night Test, in Adelaide. It will be the only day-night Sheffield Shield round this season. The Sheffield Shield Final will also be played earlier, over five days, from 23-27 March.
A bonus points system will continue for the Sheffield Shield, with 0.1 bonus points awarded for every wicket taken in the first 100 overs of an innings (for a maximum of 1.0 bowling bonus points per innings), and 0.01 for every run above 200 in the first 100 overs.
Following the successful trial of Dukes balls in the second half of the Shield last season, they will again be used from Round 6 to improve players’ adaptability.
The Toyota Futures League fixtures were also finalised and are available below.
Cricket Australia’s Head of Cricket Operations, Peter Roach said:
“The 2017-18 season is going to be equally action-packed for our men’s and will see elite cricket played around the country from September.
“The way the schedule has been structured also reinforces the significant role our domestic competitions play in helping players prepare for cricket at international level. From the high level of competition in the Domestic One-Day Cup to start the summer, to day-night rounds in the Sheffield Shield, we want our players to have the skills to succeed not just domestically but at the highest level against international opponents.
The full list of fixtures for each competition can be found here:
For more information about the 2017-18 summer of cricket, and for tickets to international cricket series, visit www.cricket.com.au