MORE good news for Gold Coast cricket fans, with Metricon Stadium set to play host to another match later this year.
Queensland Cricket has confirmed the Gold Coast venue will host a 50-overs match between the Queensland Bulls and Western Australia on Thursday October 31st, as part of the 2019-20 Sheffield Shield schedule.
Metricon has already been confirmed as the venue for three Big Bash League games over the summer.
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Queensland Cricket acting CEO Terry Svenson welcomed the decision to play a domestic clash on the Coast.
“Everyone saw what an outstanding facility it was when we hosted T20 Internationals and BBL games there for the first-time last summer and bringing a 50-over match featuring the Queensland Bulls there this season is an important extension to the venue’s capability,’’ he said.
The old Carrara Oval previously hosted Queensland games on the Gold Coast on an irregular basis in the early 1990s but this will be the first Bulls game there since the current stadium was constructed as the home of the Gold Coast Suns AFL team and upgraded for the Commonwealth Games last year.
Queensland will also be a key destination for touring teams during the summer.
The England Lions men’s team will tour Australia during February and early March, playing five one-day matches and three four-day fixtures.
The England Lions play Australia A, a Cricket Australia XI and NSW Second XI teams in eight matches across the one-day and four-day formats.
The tour starts in Brisbane with a training camp for the Lions’ at Allan Border Field, before one-day matches in Queensland and Sydney, followed by three four-day fixtures.
The India A women’s team will also tour Australia in December. They will play the Australia A women’s side in three one-day and three T20 matches in Brisbane and at Kerrydale on the Gold Coast respectively during December.
Final venues for the tour games will be confirmed closer to the respective tours.