Cricket Australia (CA) has today recommended that all cricket played within the community is ceased for the remainder of the 2019/20 season in response to the global coronavirus pandemic.
CA has strongly recommended that all amateur cricket played within the community should cease including community cricket and premier cricket. NT Cricket supports CA’s decision and in turn strongly recommends all cricket within the Northern Territory ceases effectively immediately.
While competitions such as the Alice Springs Cricket Association (ASCA) are coming to an end, we are mindful that competitions such as the Darwin and Districts Cricket Competition (DDCC) and Katherine and Districts Cricket Association (KDCA) are only just commencing, however the recommendation to cease applies to all competitions and training.
As such, NT Cricket recommends the ASCA season concludes effective immediately, with the start of the 2020 DDCC and KDCA seasons be indefinitely delayed until further notice, with this decision to be reviewed in line with ongoing advice from health authorities.
NT Cricket is working closely with the management committees of the respective competitions across the Northern Territory to keep players, match officials and volunteers informed of the latest updates.
We therefore encourage clubs and umpire associations to stay in close communication with their respective competition management committee, and likewise players and match officials to stay in close communication with their clubs and umpire associations, to receive the latest information on updated competition arrangements.
The decision to cease community cricket is consistent with the measures taken to safeguard professional cricket at the elite level and is supported by all State and Territory Associations around Australia.
Based on expert advice from CA’s Chief Medical Officer John Orchard and recent government information we want to ensure that cricket is doing everything it can to contribute to the global effort to slow, and eventually stop, the spread of coronavirus.
While cricket is a relatively safe and non-contact sport there are considerable measures that need to be in place to adhere to expert advice around reducing the risk of spreading the virus. We focused specifically on minimising the risk and impact on the cricket communities that we lead and serve, as well as their families.
NT Cricket will continue to work closely with cricket competitions and associations across the Northern Territory to provide ongoing support during this challenging and disruptive time.