Shield game shifts to SA after 'debacle'

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Queensland and Tasmania's Sheffield Shield clash has been shifted to Adelaide after this week's sudden postponement that cricket legend Ian Healy called a "debacle".

The sides were set to start their season in Brisbane on Tuesday but will instead square off at Karen Rolton Oval on October 7-10.

The rejig means Twenty20 World Cup squad members Matthew Wade and Mitchell Swepson will fly out for that tournament without a domestic game under their belts.

World Cup stars currently in Sydney and Melbourne are already resigned to that outcome.

Cricket Australia (CA) announced dates for five domestic men's matches on Friday, but its goal of staging six full Shield rounds before the Ashes begin on December 8 is looking increasingly unlikely because of border closures.

CA is yet to lock in a plan for NSW and Victoria to play cricket, having tried throughout September to finalise arrangements for the squads to fly out and quarantine elsewhere.

The original Queensland-Tasmania fixture was called off just as the coin was about to be tossed because of concern about COVID-19 cases in Brisbane, with Queensland Cricket (QC) chief executive Terry Svenson calling it a "rushed" and "panicked" decision.

Tasmania, captained by Wade, then hastily boarded a flight home because it was worried about the prospect of border restrictions and future travel restrictions.

Healy said the shemozzle was an "absolute debacle" that "disrespected" the integrity of the Shield.

CA, QC and Cricket Tasmania (CT) were locked in negotiations for the ensuing 48 hours.

Queensland, captained by Usman Khawaja and boasting Marnus Labuschagne in their XI, have agreed to 'host' the match in Adelaide.

The sides will also play a one-dayer at Karen Rolton Oval on October 13.

Khawaja's Bulls will remain in Adelaide for a Shield clash with South Australia at Adelaide Oval on October 15-18.

"We're fortunate to have had a really extensive off-season and pre-season so, while this week wasn't what anyone could have planned for, as a squad we should be confident and ready," Bulls coach Wade Seccombe said, including former NSW and Tasmania paceman Gurinder Sandhu in his squad.

Tasmania are set to face Western Australia at the WACA in a one-dayer on October 15 then a Shield contest on October 17-20.

"Returning the squad to Tasmania was, in large part, to keep our options open," CT high performance boss Simon Insley said.

"What it has meant is that we can now enter WA after being out of Queensland for a fortnight.

"Making the fixture fit together is like a big game of Tetris."

Female cricketers from NSW and Victoria have started a hotel-quarantine stint in Tasmania to ensure the WBBL can start, as planned, on October 14.

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