Cricket ACT is aiming for a mid-November start to the summer, while a modified finals series will likely be implemented to make up for time lost to Canberra's COVID-enforced lockdown.
The league will still aim to play full seasons in all three forms of cricket, but is set to play a one-off grand final between the top two placed teams to decide the two-day and one-day premierships.
Operations and competitions manager Andrew Crozier had hoped an earlier start to the season would be possible, but the Queanbeyan-Canberra border has hamstrung those plans.
A proposed roadmap out of lockdown for NSW indicated a return to community sport in mid-November, based on the projected vaccination uptake.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr is expected to announce the ACT's roadmap out of lockdown, and what it would mean for community sport, in the coming days.
Canberra Region Rugby League, Capital Football and AFL Canberra have all been forced to cancel their winter competitions due to the region's ongoing lockdown
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Queanbeyan's involvement in Cricket ACT's junior and senior competitions means the league's fortunes are tightly entwined with those of regional NSW.
"We may have to align with them," Crozier said.
"We'll probably use a couple of Sundays to complete a few rounds but we'll also probably shorten the season, may lose semi-finals and go straight into a final.
"There are little techniques we can use to curtail the season but we'll try to make it a similar sort of competition, all three formats of the game, everyone will play each other at least once. And then around the finals series we can probably save a little bit of time."
Manuka Oval is also set to host club cricket again this summer, with the venue already booked in for T20 finals in early or mid February.
Cricket ACT had also hoped to play the one-day final at Manuka Oval, but that may yet be shifted to Phillip should the Prime Minister's XI be rescheduled for that month. Phillip will again host the two-day final.
Meanwhile, Crozier hoped ground staff would soon be cleared to start preparing cricket wickets across the Territory.
"Our groundsmen haven't one been able to get out there because they haven't got an exemption," Crozier said.
"As Capital Football and rugby league have both pulled the pins on their seasons, we've got now more access so we're just working through with ACT Government to get some exemptions for some of our curators to get out there and start prepping."