COVID-19 Update - 24th March 2020 | v28.20
Cricket Australia and all of Australian cricket’s thoughts are with all of the communities around the nation who have been impacted by the global corona virus pandemic. These will continue to be uncertain times, but our number one priority is to the cricket communities that we lead and serve.
Upon consultation with government and expert medical advice from Cricket Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. John Orchard, we’re writing to you with an update on how Australian cricket is responding to and preparing all levels of the game plus the wider community during this global health crisis. Previously we communicated with all key cricket stakeholders of our recommendation that all cricket activity be cancelled from March 17, 2020.
The position of Australian Cricket has not changed with our expectation that all organised community cricket matches, training and events be cancelled. However, we are now able to give some greater confidence to those with matches and events scheduled to be played during autumn and winter months.
Australian Cricket is recommending that all organised community matches, training, programs and events remain suspended until at least the May 31, 2020. To ensure that we give activity the greatest chance to recommence on this date, we will commit to reviewing and communicating our position no later than May 1, 2020. We feel it is important that Australian Cricket continues to take a leadership position on this issue to reduce risk and slow the spread of the virus. At the same time, we understand that our community wants to be playing cricket and can understand that some may be disappointed with this decision, but in line with the broader community effort to ‘flatten the curve’, it is the right thing to do.
From now until May 1, we will be working hard to develop a range of resources and measures for those coordinating and participating in community cricket matches, training, programs and events. This will allow cricket in Australia to recommence as early and as safely as possible.
Executive General Manager Community Cricket
Putting the health & safety of all participants, volunteers and the wider community first, and in line with the decisions made for elite cricket, Cricket Australia expects that all Premier and Community Cricket competitions cancel all cricket activity for the remainder of the 2019/20 season from 17 March 2020. Your local State or Territory Association is communicating directly with its clubs, associations, school competitions and indoor centres with more detailed advice.
Why have we made this decision?
Our number one priority is to the cricket communities that we lead and serve, as well as their families. We all need to do our part to protect players, staff, volunteers and match officials at all levels of Australian cricket during the global coronavirus pandemic. We acknowledge that most competitions are reaching their exciting pinnacle, and any decision to cancel Premier and Community Cricket competitions will disappoint many people. However, this recommendation has been made on strong advice from Cricket Australia’s Chief Medical Officer and consultation with all levels of government to ensure that cricket is doing everything it can to contribute to the global effort to slow, and eventually stop, the spread of coronavirus. To view the advice from Cricket Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, please click here to download.
What should we do if someone within our club or centre tests positive for coronavirus?
For up-to-date information about the coronavirus from a public health perspective, please visit: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-frequently-asked-questions
Should clubs and associations hold end-of-season functions and awards nights?
All State & Territory Associations have cancelled or postponed their end-of-season awards functions in the coming weeks. Australian cricket recommends all clubs and associations follow suit and consider the cancellation or postponement of any end-of-season functions in the current public health environment.
How will associations decide champions in their competitions?
Each club, school or association will have their own means for determining how to award a champion in their respective competitions. We can provide the following guidelines to support local decision making, which are the principles adopted by the Australian Premier Cricket leadership team:
- Prior to a final’s series commencing – should the finals series not have commenced then the team who finished first at the conclusion of the home and away season would be declared the winner of the competition. This is how the winner of the Sheffield Shield was determined.
- Mid match - The match shall be abandoned, with the Semi or Grand Final awarded to the higher placed team, unless a first innings result has already been achieved prior to the abandonment of the match in which the team who achieved a first innings result being declared the winner
- Prior to a semi-final or grand final match - should the semi-final or grand final match not have commenced than the match would be awarded to the higher placed team from the home and away season.
How are indoor cricket centres impacted?
The recommendation from Australian cricket includes indoor centres. We acknowledge that most centres are heading into new seasons, so we recommend that you review your position continually as the situation evolves over the coming weeks and months. Follow the latest government advice and we are also here to support you with expert medical advice. We acknowledge that most indoor cricket centres around Australia are run as privately-owned businesses and most are also multi-sport centres. This recommendation will have an enormous impact on the operations of these centres but is made by putting the health & safety of all participants and the wider community first.
What about cricket seasons that are yet to get underway?
While many competitions are coming to an end, we are mindful that competitions are just starting or about to commence in some parts of the country (eg. Darwin). The coronavirus outbreak is an evolving issue and decisions on starting or recommencing competitions should be made carefully in line with the latest government advice and direction from Cricket Australia and the relevant State or Territory Association over the coming weeks and months.
How can I update matches that have been cancelled in MyCricket?
Each association has their own rules as to what constitutes an Abandoned or Drawn match and how the match result and points are awarded, so it is important to be aware of which result applies in these circumstances. Depending on which match result is appropriate, matches can be updated to the correct result by following the instructions here.