A cricket season that begins on November 13 and consists solely of limited-overs matches appears likely under advice from Cricket Victoria.
In a high-level draft roadmap, the state's governing body confirmed matches will not be permitted until Victoria's 80 per cent double dose benchmark is reached.
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The state government estimates that target will be met on November 5. Still, CV has recommended all competitions, both regional and metropolitan-based, begin the weekend of November 13 and 14 - the weekend following the Melbourne Cup.
CV added that only one-day or Twenty20 matches be played throughout the season.
Ballarat Cricket Association had hoped to begin its season in early October and re-introduce two-day fixtures before Ballarat's lockdown and the state's COVID roadmap made both things unachievable.
Only one-day matches were played last season to limit the impacts of any potential COVID disruptions.
Cricket Victoria said it was wary of delaying the season too far.
"Given the season delay, the potential for localised lockdowns and the expected wetter than normal summer ahead, delaying the season too far will further erode the chance of maximising the number of matches played," CV said. "For most comps, a November 13/14 start will allow 14 rounds that see everyone playing each opponent home and away throughout the year before March finals."
Clubs are able to train in groups no bigger than 10 people under regional's Victoria current restrictions.
When Victoria reaches the 80 per cent single dose benchmark, which is expected in the coming days, CV confirmed organised training will be allowed without capacity limits - though smaller groups are recommended.
Centre wicket training and match simulations will also be permitted.
CV said the roadmap is subject to change if different information is provided by the state government.
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