Cricket Australia today announced the cancellation of the Marsh Sheffield Shield Final and strongly recommended that all community cricket, including Queensland Premier Cricket, regional and junior cricket, cease from today.
 
Queensland Cricket Chief Executive Officer Terry Svenson said while clubs and individuals would no doubt be extremely disappointed not to complete their season, the decision was made to ensure cricket was doing everything it could to contribute to the global effort to slow, and eventually stop, the spread of coronavirus.
 
“QC would recommend all forms of organized cricket in Queensland fall into line with CA’s advice, and we would urge our clubs and associations to stop training and playing from today,’’ he said.
 
“This decision was not one that was taken lightly. Players, coaches, volunteers, administrators, ground staff, umpires, scorers and supporters have all invested countless hours in preparing, training, playing and enjoying cricket during the season. But the safety of those individuals and their families is our number one priority and it is the right decision to recommend we stop playing now.”
 
“In the case of Warehouse Cricket, which is senior and junior cricket and is due to start in May, we will closely monitor the ongoing situation over the coming weeks and assist Warehouse Cricket in decisions on starting or postponing, in line with government advice and direction from Cricket Australia.
 
“CA have also outlined their recommendations for Indoor Cricket, and we will work alongside them and the respective indoor centres from here.
 
“Many of our Premier Clubs and regional clubs and associations have been proactive during this situation already and we thank them for being ready to join in with us,’’ he said.
 
“In the case of organised school competitions, such as GPS or AIC cricket, we would recommend they follow the advice from CA, even though currently schools in Queensland remain open. The Queensland Cricket facilitated TMR Secondary Schools Competitions has also been postponed,” he said.
 
Frequently Asked Questions
 
Putting the health and 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. 

Queensland Cricket is communicating directly with its clubs, associations, school competitions and indoor centres with more detailed advice.
 
Why have Cricket Australia 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.
 
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 and 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 and 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 Queensland Cricket over the coming weeks and months.
 
How do clubs input all final results into MyCricket?

Cricket Australia’s digital team is working on operation and administrative issues in MyCricket particularly in relation to match results and finalising seasons. We will make sure the most up-to-date guidance on issues related to MyCricket is updated as soon as possible.