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WA Premier Cricket - Competition Update 17th March 2020
Date of Event Western Australian Cricket Association: Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:22AM

 

 

WA PREMIER CRICKET – COMPETITION UPDATE

TUESDAY 17TH MARCH 2020

 

 

SUBJECT: Australian cricket Coronavirus update

 

In the best interests of cricket participants and the wider community, this communication outlines how Australian cricket will do our part to further protect players, staff, volunteers and match officials at all levels of the game plus the wider community during the global coronavirus pandemic.

 

Cricket Australia, in consultation with its State & Territory Associations, has cancelled the Marsh Sheffield Shield final for 2019/20 and the WA District Cricket Council, the WA Female Cricket Council in consultation with the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) have taken the further step of cancelling all Premier Cricket finals from this week onwards.  We expect local community cricket and school competitions to take the same leadership position and cancel all cricket playing and training activity for the remainder of the 2019/20 season in response to this unprecedented global health issue.

 

This expectation also applies to competitions that are just starting or about to commence in some parts of the country.  Where relevant, we will work with these associations to minimise this disruption.  This is an evolving issue and decisions on starting or recommencing should be made carefully in line with government advice and direction from Cricket Australia and the WACA.

 

We know many people in cricket communities around Australia will be disappointed with this decision, but it has been made in our communities’ best interests in line with government and expert medical advice from Cricket Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, John Orchard.

 

We acknowledge that this is a more extreme step than communicated in previous weeks, but our advice now is that the risks of playing organised sport at any level are too high to safely continue.

 

We also recommend that all clubs and associations consider the cancellation or postponement of end of season functions.

 

In relation to the WACA Ground and WACA staff the following changes will be effective immediately;

 

  • The WACA Ground will be closed to the public and external stakeholders, meaning all events, functions and competitions held at the Ground will be cancelled.

     

  • All community and school programs and competitions organised by WACA staff have ben cancelled.

     

  • Staff will be not be attending any external meeting or hosting any external stakeholders for meetings, however we will still be working and available for meetings via skype/phone.

     

  • Staff will not be able to provide program support in person.

     

  • All Player Appearances have been cancelled and they will not be attending any functions or events.

 

Again, we understand the significance of these measures, but have deemed them necessary in light of the current circumstances. WACA staff will continue to work hard to provide all the support they can remotely to schools, clubs and associations across the state during this time.

 

As all communities, organisations and institutions around the world rally to slow the spread of the coronavirus, so must Australian cricket. We hope that by taking these actions now we can play a small part in ‘flattening the curve’ and stemming the spread of the virus.

 

For any further information, please read our FAQs attached to this letter.

 

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

 

 

Christina Matthews

CEO

WACA

 

Christian Bauer

Chair

WA District Cricket Council

Jamie Chappell

Chair

Community Junior Cricket Council

Peter Silinger

Chair

WA Female Cricket Council

 

Brad Pearce

Chair

CricketWest

Rob Marshall

Chair

Country Cricket Board

 

Rob Sims

Chair

WA Veterans Cricket Association

 

 

Luke Douglas 
Premier Cricket Manager

Western Australian Cricket Association Limited
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 T:+61 8 9265 7231 | F:(08) 9265 7275
Luke.Douglas@waca.com.au
www.waca.com.au


Last updated: Tuesday March 17, 2020 11:22AM
Author: Luke Douglas