International cricket is headed to Geelong this summer, with Kardinia Park to host one of the three Twenty20 International matches against Sri Lanka next February.
Cricket Australia today confirmed the venues for the three-match KFC T20INTL Series, with the first game to be staged at the MCG on February 17 before the action heads to Geelong (February 19) and Adelaide Oval (February 22).
All three games will be double-headers with the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars, who will take on New Zealand.
Sri Lanka will also feature in this summer's Prime Minister's XI match, to be played as a T20 fixture at Manuka Oval on February 15.
"We're committed to taking the game to as many parts of the country as possible and we continue to work with regional areas around Australia on how we can make this happen," Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland said.
"Geelong proved its capability to host cricket last summer with a successful BBL exhibition match between the Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades attracting more than 10,000 people.
"We're really looking forward to the people of the Geelong region and beyond packing out the stadium and supporting the women's and men's national sides."
Kardinia Park, the 11th venue in Australia currently accredited to host international cricket, played host to a KFC Big Bash League warm-up match between the Melbourne Renegades and Stars and a two-day warm-up match between Victoria and West Indies last summer.
CA have also announced Adelaide Oval will continue to host an international match on Australia Day for the next five years.
"We've been working closely with the South Australian Government and SACA to secure marquee matches in the state long term and we'd like to thank both parties for their support," Sutherland added.
This announcement completes the schedule for the 2016-17 international summer of cricket, which will see four nations tour Australia.
South Africa and Pakistan will each play a three-Test series against the home side, while Pakistan will also play a series of five one-day internationals in January.
The Black Caps will tour in early December for a three-match ODI series to defend the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy, the matches scheduled in between the South Africa and Pakistan Test series.
KFC T20INTL Series v Sri Lanka
17 February: MCG, Melbourne
19 February: Kardinia Park, Geelong
22 February: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Tickets to the KFC T20INTL Series and the Prime Minister's XI match will go on sale from 2 September 2016.
For priority access and a 20 per cent discount on gold and platinum seats, fans are encouraged to sign up to the Australian Cricket Family at www.cricket.com.au/acf before 21 August 2016. Membership is free.
Cricket Australia Official Hospitality is now on sale for the 2016-17 international season. New for 2016-17 is a family lounge that means guests can enjoy world-class cricket hospitality with the whole family. More information here.
Source : www.cricket.com.au
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