Following the announcement made by Cricket Australia this morning, Northern Territory Cricket support the decision to postpone the 2021 Australian Master Championships due to be played at the Palmerston Indoor Sports Centre in May this year.


The decision comes after assessing current travel restrictions and quarantine requirements which create uncertainty when planning a national event. Cricket Australia have committed to the Australian Masters Championships and are hopeful the delay will allow the tournament to proceed without any limitations.


Palmerston Indoor Sports Centre owners Mal and Amanda Challen said while it was disappointing to see the event postponed, they were delighted it has been rescheduled until late August and not cancelled.


“We were looking forward to showcasing the centre and everything Darwin has to offer.


“August is a wonderful time of year to be up in Darwin with balmy nights and an abundance of events, which these Championships will only add to and we look forward to welcoming the Championships,” said Mrs Challen.


NT Cricket CEO Joel Morrison said while it is unfortunate that the Championships have been delayed, it’s great to see that the event will still proceed in 2021.


“Staging any event during the pandemic is a challenge, especially an event involving teams from around Australia. So we understand we need to maintain a level of flexibility.


“With so many events needing to be cancelled over the summer due to COVID-19 related challenges, it is really positive to hear that the Championships will only be delayed, not cancelled.


“We’re really looking forward to working with Cricket Australia and Palmerston Indoor Sports Centre to host the Championships in the Top End later in 2021.”


The announcement by Cricket Australia can be found here.