The AFL and cricket seasons could be on a collision course when it comes to ground availability, but Adelaide Oval head curator Damian Hough says he and his ground staff could manage a scenario where the two sports coexist later this year.
The postponement of the AFL season because of the coronavirus pandemic, after just one round, has created the possibility of the competition having to stage games after October and possibly as late as December.
This would clash with some of the biggest events planned for the Oval this year – the yet to be confirmed India day/night Test and the T20 World Cup – as well as the Big Bash.
But Hough said AFL and cricket games could be held in quick succession at the Oval.
“Subject to the schedule, but we will wait and see how it goes, we are very flexible,” he said. “We have the technology here to play multiple sports in a short period of time.
“Obviously there are a lot of challenges, but we have the ability to prepare pitches out in our nursery and our No. 2 ground and drop them in here and play a game and get them back out again and change it over.
“All those options are on the table.”
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