COVID-19 Update – 15th May 2020
Dear Australian Cricket Family,
Cricket Australia and State & Territory Associations continue to collectively plan how we best support our cricket community to return to Woolworths Cricket Blast, as well as training and competitive play. Most state and territory governments are now beginning to communicate when and how they will look to reintroduce community sport activity in their jurisdictions, typically starting with smaller groups training together before progressing to competitive play and programs as outlined within the Australian Government’s 3 Step Framework for a COVIDSafe Australia and the Australian Institute of Sport’s Framework for Rebooting Sport. Each jurisdiction is easing restrictions based on their circumstances and there will need to be a state by state approach.
CA, in conjunction with State & Territory Associations, is responsible for identifying the scenarios within our sport (matches, training and programs) that present more specific risks and advise on strategies for clubs and competition organisers to mitigate those risks. We continue to receive advice from our medical experts that will shape the resources we provide. There will be a range of checklists, protocols and other resources available by the start of June on the MyCricket Community website to support clubs, associations and their volunteers.
We also continue to work closely with other National and State Sporting Organisations to establish season guidelines that will assist the transition from winter to summer codes for our respective communities and volunteers.
Australian Cricket supports the Australian Government’s contact tracing app – COVIDSafe. The COVIDSafe app will play a critical role in helping slow the spread of coronavirus which will mean governments can move more quickly to ease restrictions while still keeping communities safe and we can return to playing as soon as possible.
Executive General Manager, Community Cricket
COVID-19 Update - 1st May 2020
Dear Australian Cricket Family,
Like all sporting bodies, Cricket Australia and State & Territory Associations are collectively planning for a return to play as soon as possible and we are encouraged with the recent news from the Northern Territory Government announcing its plans to lift COVID-19 restrictions in the Territory. This roadmap includes a phased return to training and play over the next month and we will work closely with NT Cricket to develop appropriate, cricket-specific guidelines for clubs and associations. These will be housed on the NT Cricket website once developed.
While this latest news is encouraging, we are still yet to confirm what the plan for returning to play will look like for winter competitions across the rest of the country. The National Cabinet has now released of a set of 15 principles along with a framework from the Australian Institute of Sport for ‘rebooting sport in a VOCID-19 environment’. Over the coming weeks we will monitor how these are considered by each state and territory government and any subsequent changes to restrictions that are currently in place.
As and when restrictions are lifted, we will seek advice from medical experts including our own Chief Medical Officer, Dr. John Orchard and relevant government agencies to support the community with relevant protocols and guidelines that allow community cricket to recommence as early and as safely as possible. We will ensure that those coordinating and participating in community cricket matches, training, programs and events are provided with clear and sensible advice to protect the safety of all participants, volunteers and communities.
We will provide a further update to the cricket community no later than 15 May, 2020.
For the traditional summer cricket season, we are also working closely with other National and State Sporting Organisations to establish season guidelines to assist the transition from winter to summer codes for our respective communities and volunteers.
In related news, Australian Cricket has thrown its support behind the Australian Government’s new contact tracing app - COVIDSafe which was released to the public over the weekend. The COVIDSafe app will play a critical role in helping slow the spread of coronavirus which will mean governments can move more quickly to ease restrictions while still keeping communities safe and we can return to playing as soon as possible.
Executive General Manager, Community Cricket
COVID-19 Update - 25th March 2020
Our thoughts continue to be with all Australian communities impacted by the global coronavirus pandemic. These are uncertain times, but our number one priority is to the cricket communities that we lead and serve and ensure that they stay updated and informed.
On March 24, 2020, the Australian Government announced extended restrictions on social gatherings effective from midnight on March 25, 2020. Of particular relevance to cricket is that social sport activities are now prohibited throughout the country and will be enforced by state and territory authorities. All Australians should follow Government advice to stay at home unless absolutely necessary to leave. Whilst we love the game, we all must acknowledge that cricket is not a necessary activity in the context of the global effort to control this pandemic.
We will continue to update the cricket community as it is relevant and appropriate as information comes to hand, but know that you can always access the latest Government advice by visiting: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert.
Executive General Manager Community Cricket
COVID-19 Update - 23rd March 2020
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 2020 Australian Masters Championships and Indoor Cricket National Championships have been postponed indefinitely. A decision will be made on whether these events will proceed in 2020 or be rescheduled in 2021 by April 31. Age divisions will also be assessed by this time.
The National Indoor Cricket League has been postponed until May 31, with the competition commencement date to be reviewed again on May 1.
A decision on the 2020 WICF Indoor Cricket World Cup (due to be held in Melbourne from October 10-17) is yet to be made.
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.