In the best interests of cricket participants and the wider community, this communication outlines how Australian cricket and Cricket ACT will do their part to further protect players, staff, volunteers and match officials at all levels of the game plus the wider community during the global coronavirus pandemic.

Cricket Australia, in consultation with its State and Territory Associations, has cancelled the Marsh Sheffield Shield final and advised that all local cricket related activity for 2019/20 should also be cancelled. Keeping in line with this important decision, Cricket ACT has made the decision to cancel the following:

  • Premier Cricket Grand Finals

  • Remaining Junior Cricket Finals

  • Umpire and Scorers Council Presentation

Cricket ACT CEO, James Allsopp said, “We are navigating through unprecedented times in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cricket ACT is following the advice of Cricket Australia’s Chief Medical Officer in cancelling all community and Premier competitions effective immediately.” Cricket ACT will release a statement with more information on the results of the finals later this week.

The below activities are currently postponed, and Cricket ACT will provide an update on the rescheduling of these events as soon as possible.

  • Indoor Cricket Junior Trials

  • Emerging Meteors Trials

  • Comets Regional Academy Trials

  • Cricket ACT High Performance Open Men’s Trials

  • National Indoor Cricket League

  • 2020 Australian Masters Indoor Championships

  • Junior Presentations

  • ACT Cricket Awards Night

We ask that community cricket, schools and local competition organisers take the same leadership position and cancel all cricket playing and training for the remainder of the 2019/20 season in response to the global health issue. This includes a recommendation for clubs and associations to consider cancelling or postponing their respective end of season functions.

We know many people in cricket communities around Australia will be disappointed with this unfortunate outcome, but it has been made in our communities’ best interests in consultation with government and expert medical advice from Cricket Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, John Orchard.

As all communities, organisations and institutions around the world rally to slow the spread of the coronavirus, so must Australian cricket. We hope that by taking these actions now we can play a small part in ‘flattening the curve’ and stemming the spread of the virus. James Allsopp continued, “This is an extremely difficult decision given that Premier and Women’s Cricket Grand Finals are scheduled for this weekend but it is necessary to ensure risk minimisation measures are implemented in order to prioritise the health of the community.” 

Our number one priority is to the cricket communities that we lead and serve, as well as their families. Thank you for your commitment to cricket in your community. All of our thoughts are with you and your families as you navigate these uncertain times.

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