Sky News host Chris Smith says the decision for Cricket Australia to remove any references to Australia Day for the January 26 game is “the greatest betrayal of this country by a sporting body”.
The name change comes from Cricket Australia’s First Nations Advisory Committee which is co-chaired by former cricketer Mel Jones.
“This disgraceful edict from cricket authorities has come after a season of misguided firsts no doubt encouraged by this First Nations Committee too, including taking a knee,” Mr Smith said.
Mr Smith said if Cricket Australia were to include an indigenous ceremony before the games would be a “respectful and inclusive” move rather than removing references to Australia Day.
“To remove Australia Day in some politically correct gesture of shame, I’m sorry, it crosses the line by a long way.”