Canberra, June 8: Cricket Australia (CA) and the ACT Government on Friday announced that Australian cricket team will play its first ever international match in Canberra in 2013.
CA Chief Executive Officer, James Sutherland, welcomed the support of the ACT Government in securing the match to be played at Manuka Oval as part of the 2012-13 Commonwealth Bank One-Day International Series.
The Commonwealth Bank ODI Series will feature Australia, Sri Lanka and the West Indies. It will the first time that Australia's capital city will be hosting an international cricket match.
In this year's Commonwealth Bank tournament, India, Australia and Sri Lanka had participated. Australia won the trophy after defeating Sri Lanka in the best of three series finals.
Commonwealth Bank competition is an annual tri-series event. However, it was scrapped for few years and made a return recently.
Traditionally, Australia play their ODI games in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Hobart. However, Manuka Oval has hosted tour games.
"This is an historic moment for cricket in nation's capital and a great way to help celebrate the Centenary of Canberra," Sutherland said.
"Canberra continues to play an important role in Australian cricket producing some of our best national players and hosting the annual Prime Minister's XI match.
"The ACT Government's commitment to upgrading Manuka Oval will not only help to position it to host future international and domestic cricket matches, including matches in the 2015 Cricket World Cup, but it will also help grow the game of cricket in Canberra and surrounding areas which is critical to our vision for cricket to be Australia's favourite sport.
"I congratulate Minister Barr and the ACT Government for their enthusiasm and support of this match. Minister Barr, in particular, has been a strong advocate for cricket in the ACT and helping to bring the Australian cricket team to Canberra." Sutherland said.