NT Cricket’s thoughts remain with the community in the Northern Territory and the rest of the country who have been impacted by the global coronavirus pandemic. These continue to be uncertain times, but our number one priority is to our cricket community that we lead and serve. 

Upon consultation with Cricket Australia (CA), government and expert medical advice from CA’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. John Orchard, NT Cricket is now able to provide an update on how Australian cricket is responding to, and preparing all levels of the game and the wider community during, this global health crisis. 

Previously we communicated our recommendation that all cricket activity cease from 17 March 2020, subsequently resulting in the Alice Springs Cricket Association concluding their 2019/20 season, and the Darwin and Districts Cricket Competition (DDCC) and Katherine and Districts Cricket Association (KDCA) delaying the start of their 2020 season indefinitely.

The position of NT Cricket and Australian cricket has not changed, with our expectation that all organised community cricket matches, training and events remain suspended. However, we are now in a position to give an update to those within the DDCC and KDCA community, as well as other members of the cricket community across the Northern Territory, on the time frames we are working towards to review our decision on the suspension of cricket activities.

NT Cricket, and Australian cricket, is recommending that all cricket matches, training, programs and events remain suspended until at least 31 May 2020. 

To ensure that cricket activity has the greatest chance to recommence on this date, Australian cricket will continue to closely monitor the advice of the government and health authorities over the coming weeks, with NT Cricket’s and Australian cricket’s position to be reviewed and communicated to the cricket community by no later than 1 May 2020. 

Commenting on the update provided by Australian cricket, NT Cricket CEO Joel Morrison said it was important that NT Cricket and Australian cricket continued to take a leadership position within the community.

“We understand that some people may be disappointed and frustrated that cricket activities remain on hold, however it is important that everyone plays their part in reducing the risk and slowing the spread of the virus.

“The health and wellbeing of our community is paramount, so we encourage everyone to continue to follow the advice of the government and health authorities. 

“We hope our position of suspending cricket activities until at least 31 May allows our cricket community to plan with some certainty over the coming weeks, and most importantly, to continue to focus on the health and safety of themselves and the community.”

From now until 1 May, NT Cricket and Australian cricket will continue to work hard to develop a range of resources and measures for those coordinating and participating in cricket matches, training, programs and events. This will allow cricket in Australia to recommence as early and as safely as possible.