Major cricket in 1981

 
England
  Australia in British Isles 1981
  Benson and Hedges Cup 1981
  John Player League 1981
  National Westminster Bank Trophy 1981
  Other First-Class matches in England 1981
  Prudential Trophy 1981
  Schweppes County Championship 1981
  Sri Lanka in England 1981
  University Match 1981
 
Ireland
  National Westminster Bank Trophy 1981
  Scotland in Ireland 1981
 
Scotland
  Benson and Hedges Cup 1981