Australia’s high firstclass league Sheffield Shield might be declared vacant for the primary time for the reason that second World War after the cricket board cancelled the final round of the competitors because of the rising menace of COVID-19 pandemic, in keeping with a report.
Cricket Australia, nevertheless, deferred a decision on the final, scheduled to be performed from March 27, given the quickly evolving COVID-19 pandemic state of affairs, in keeping with cricket.com.au.
CA chief govt Kevin Roberts mentioned the Shield final round had been cancelled “in an effort to reduce travel” and he hoped it might “contribute to the global effort to slow, and eventually stop, the spread of coronavirus”.
“At times like this, cricket must take a back seat for the greater good,” he mentioned.
“We have been in consultation with relevant government agencies, our own medical team and an infectious diseases expert for quite some time now, and we have taken all their advice into account in making these decisions.”
The CA chief added: “The decisions are not something we are accustomed to in cricket … it has become evident that we must play our part in helping limit the spread of the virus by reducing person-to-person contact wherever possible. These measures reflect that.” Spectators had already been banned from the three matches on account of be performed this week on the WACA in Perth, Karen Rolton Oval in Adelaide and Melbourne’s Junction Oval.
In the final round matches, on account of start Tuesday, South Australia have been to host Queensland whereas NSW have been to journey to play Western Australia in Perth. Victoria have been set to host Tasmania from Thursday.
One possibility being thought-about by CA is awarding the NSW Blues, the present league leaders, the title if the final can’t be performed.
If that occurs, it might be the state’s 47th Shield title, and first for the reason that 2013-14 summer season.
If the general public well being state of affairs improves within the subsequent week, the final might proceed as deliberate with Victoria prone to be the Blues’ opponents.
Victoria, the defending champions, have gained 4 of the previous 5 Shield titles, together with beating NSW in final 12 months’s decider in Melbourne.