Dear Queensland Cricket Stakeholders,
Please see the below update from Queensland Cricket (QC) regarding the current COVID-19 situation.
Firstly, let me start by sending our thoughts and best wishes of health and safety to the cricket community, particularly to all our players, staff and stakeholders, plus their families, friends and personal networks.
While this message serves to provide an operational update from QC, please be assured that the health and well being of our people is our number one priority and we have been in close contact with everyone in our organisation to ensure they, along with their families, are safe and well.
Even though the 2019-20 cricket season was brought to an abrupt end and most of our competitions were unable to be completed, I do want to recognise the dedication shown by our volunteers, staff and players throughout the summer. It is your hard work that has helped cricket enjoy a successful season and your passion for the game that will see this continue.
Please note that in lieu of the QC Awards Night being cancelled, we will be announcing all our winners for the summer and officially closing out the season on April 8 and 9.
Queensland Cricket Operations
As of Wednesday this week, all QC staff, where able to do so, have been working from home. These working from home arrangements continue into next week and will be reviewed on a weekly basis.
The QC office is also now closed, however the main office phone number and email contact remains remotely staffed.
Please also be advised that the week following the Easter break from Tuesday 14 April to Friday 17 April, QC staff have all been instructed to take annual leave.
Compulsory annual leave for staff is one of several short and mid-term measures we are taking to ensure QC’s financial position remains stable. We are also ensuring all outstanding revenue is paid to QC, delaying or eliminating any non-critical business expenses and freezing recruitment including not replacing vacant roles in the short-term.
Our staff remain closely connected to the cricket community and we are continuing to work and prepare for what we hope is a full summer season, although we realise there are some uncertain times ahead. Our staff also continue to work closely with our clubs and associations that administer winter cricket competitions, as well as the many indoor cricket centers, who are working through this difficult time.
The Executive Management Team at QC are planning for several scenarios which might unfold given the uncertainty we are faced with, and we are confident this approach will leave us secure heading into the future.
We are fully aware of the fortunate position cricket finds itself in where a majority of our season was able to be completed before the COVID-19 outbreak, and as it currently stands, our financial position has not been greatly impacted in the short term.
Our thoughts are with our friends from the Australian winter sporting codes and other cricket bodies around the world, plus all companies and specially our partners associated with cricket in Queensland, who have had to make difficult decisions in the last two weeks under the uncertainty currently faced.
QC’s commercial team continues to communicate with our partners as we plan for the seasons ahead, and I would like to reiterate our message of appreciation for your support now and into the future.
The Road Ahead
One thing that has impressed me immensely during what has been a challenging few weeks has been the mindset and attitudes from our staff and stakeholders in the wider cricket community that our game will come out of this situation in a strong and united position.
While the running of sporting competitions pales in significance to the global health crisis we find ourselves in and the ongoing well being of all Australians, we also know the important role that cricket and sport in general can have on our communities once a level of normality has returned.
Our Purpose – to unite and inspire Queensland communities through cricket – doesn’t waiver because we are under pressure. In fact, it is more meaningful than ever before.
As such, our high performance, community cricket and administrative staff are continuing to prepare for the year and summer in front of us and are on hand to provide support to our clubs, volunteers, associations and stakeholders as required.
As QC continues to focus on our core business where we can, we are also here to provide support and assistance where needed, so our lines of communication remain open. Please be assured that once able to, our staff and players will be on hand to unite our communities and keep our game going into the future.
This is a difficult and uncertain time for many Australians and QC’s thoughts are with those affected.
Stay safe and look after one another.
Queensland Cricket Chairman