Cricket Australia COVID-19 guidelines for Community Cricket

Cricket Australia's guidelines to Clubs and Participants regarding COVID-19


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Like many of you, we’re disappointed to have to cut the playing season short. But we must do the right thing by our people and our communities and follow the advice of our Chief Medical officer. We do know that at some point in time, cricket will be able to resume again in Australia. Best we can do right now is to keep you informed.

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-----COVID-19 Update - 23rd March 2020-----

Cricket Australia and all of Australian cricket’s thoughts are with all of the communities around the nation who have been impacted by the global corona virus pandemic. These will continue to be uncertain times, but our number one priority is to the cricket communities that we lead and serve.

Upon consultation with government and expert medical advice from Cricket Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. John Orchard, we’re writing to you with an update on how Australian cricket is responding to and preparing all levels of the game plus the wider community during this global health crisis. Previously we communicated with all key cricket stakeholders of our recommendation that all cricket activity be cancelled from March 17, 2020.

The position of Australian Cricket has not changed with our expectation that all organised community cricket matches, training and events be cancelled. However, we are now able to give some greater confidence to those with matches and events scheduled to be played during autumn and winter months.

Australian Cricket is recommending that all organised community matches, training, programs and events remain suspended until at least the May 31, 2020. To ensure that we give activity the greatest chance to recommence on this date, we will commit to reviewing and communicating our position no later than May 1, 2020. We feel it is important that Australian Cricket continues to take a leadership position on this issue to reduce risk and slow the spread of the virus. At the same time, we understand that our community wants to be playing cricket and can understand that some may be disappointed with this decision, but in line with the broader community effort to ‘flatten the curve’, it is the right thing to do.

From now until May 1, we will be working hard to develop a range of resources and measures for those coordinating and participating in community cricket matches, training, programs and events. This will allow cricket in Australia to recommence as early and as safely as possible.

Regards,

Belinda Clark Executive General Manager Community Cricket Cricket Australia

Thanks for your commitment to cricket in your community this season.

In the best interests of all cricket participants and the wider community, Australian cricket has made the decision to do our part to protect players, staff, volunteers and match officials at all levels of the game plus the wider community during the global coronavirus pandemic.

We know many people in cricket communities around Australia will be disappointed with our strong recommendation to cancel all cricket playing and training activity for the remainder of the 2019/20 season in response to this unprecedented global health issue, but in our view it’s the right thing to do.

We realise that many of you are just about the reach the pinnacle of the season and are riding a wave of interest off the back of the Australian women’s World T20 win, but the decision has been made in our communities’ best interests in consultation with government and expert medical advice from Cricket Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, John Orchard.

Our number one priority is to the cricket communities that we lead and serve, as well as their families. All of our thoughts are with you and your families as you navigate these uncertain times.

Tuesday 17 March 2020: Cricket Australia cancels all organised cricket nationally in response to COVID-19

Cricket Australia has today announced the 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.

Premier & Community Cricket

CA has strongly recommended that all amateur cricket played within the community should cease including community cricket and premier cricket. While many competitions are coming to an end, we are mindful that some competitions are only just commencing however the recommendation applies to all competitions and training.

This decision is consistent with the measures taken to safeguard professional cricket at the elite level and is supported by State and Territory Associations. 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.

Cricket Australia is continuing to work with State and Territory Associations to ensure we collectively provide ongoing support to local associations and the broader cricket community during this challenging and disruptive time..