Cricket Australia Coronavirus FAQ's
March 23, 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 coronavirus pandemic. These will continue to be uncertain times, but our number one priority is to the cricket communities that we lead and serve.
The below information aims to provide facts around frequently asked questions that our cricket community might have. We will continue to update this page as more information comes to hand, however, if you have any further questions, please contact the relevant person or department HERE.
Can organised cricket matches still go ahead?
Upon consultation with government and expert medical advice from Cricket Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. John Orchard, we’ve implemented a number of precautionary measures for organised cricket matches.
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.
Why was the decision made to cancel all upcoming tours?
The following international tours and matches have been postponed: Australian women’s tour of South Africa, New Zealand men's tour of Australia, Australian men's tour of New Zealand, Australian under 19s Indigenous team’s T20 tour of New Zealand.
The following tour matches have been cancelled: Australia under 19s v England Women Academy (April 15), Australia under 19s v SA Emerging (April 17), Australia under 19s v England Women Academy (April 21), Australia under 19s v SA Emerging (April 23), Australia under 19s v England Women Academy (April 27), Australia under 19s v SA Emerging (April 29), Final (May 1).
This decision to cancel these tour matches has not been made lightly. We have been advised by medical experts and have relied heavily on advice from DFAT and other relevant government agencies, including the Australian Institute of Sport. Based on this advice, we believe this is the right decision to minimise the risk of public exposure to the coronavirus and reduce the risk for our players.
How are indoor cricket centres impacted?
The Government has introduced tough measures to try and combat the coronavirus pandemic in Australia, this includes the closure of indoor sporting venues until further notice. You can stay up to date with changes on this here: https://www.health.gov.au/
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?
To our knowledge, 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 line with the current health advice from the Australian Government.
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 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 here as soon as possible.
What happens if I purchased tickets to the Gillette ODI Series scheduled for March in Hobart and Sydney?
All fans who have purchased public tickets will receive a full refund from Ticketek.
You should have already received an email from Ticketek outlining the refund process, however if you need further information we recommend you get in touch with Ticketek directly or email email@example.com
Just remember, if your credit or debit card has expired or been cancelled, or your bank account details have changed, you’ll need to supply Ticketek with the correct/updated details. You can follow the prompts here. https://help.ticketek.com.au/hc/en-us/articles/360044930633-Cricket-Australia-Announcement
It may take up to 20 working days for the refund to appear in your account.
Members who have purchased allocated seats and need further assistance with their refund/s, are encouraged to get in touch with the relevant membership team at either the SCG or Blundstone Arena.
Those with hospitality packages are encouraged to get in touch with their sales representative, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I still purchase items from the shop.cricket.com.au online store?
Fans can still purchase merchandise from our online store. At this current time there are no reported postage delays, however, we will keep fans up to date if this changes.
If you require further information please contact us through the relevant Cricket Australia contact points here.