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Cricket season concludes early due to Convid-19

Here is Update from Dunedin and New Zealand Cricket: Confirming the season and cricket activity for remainder of 2019-20 season is cancelled

 

New Zealand Cricket, in conjunction with its District Associations, have agreed to cancel community cricket, including clubs, schools, programmes and training, for the rest of the season. This decision follows our most recent medical advice and recognises our obligations towards the New Zealand cricket family and the wider public interest.

 

Based on expert advice from New Zealand Cricket’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Martin Swan and recent government information we want to ensure that cricket is acting to pre-emptively supress the spread of coronavirus.

 

While cricket is a relatively safe and a 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. Our focus specifically is on minimising the risk and impact on the cricket community and ensuring health and well-being is our highest priority.

 

New Zealand Cricket is working with our Associations to ensure we collectively provide ongoing support to local clubs and the wider cricket community during this challenging and disruptive time.

 

As a result of the recent community transmission case Dunedin Cricket is making the decision to CANCEL all club and community cricket programmes for the remainder of the season.  This comes into effect IMMEDIATELY.

 

We understand that this decision may disappoint some.  However in the utmost consideration for care for health and wellbeing of our members.

 

Notes/Points:

  • Dunedin will arrange a meeting of the management committee to wind up the season, decide on competition and player awards: This meeting will be held next Tuesday (24th March) in line with the current mass gathering guidelines from our NZ government.
  • Dunedin Cricket will not hold an end of season prizegiving (that was planned for 2nd of April)
  • Dunedin Cricket asks that all clubs and schools also look at situations around end of season events, celebrations and prizegiving’s. Very much up to each organisation on a case by case basis but we ask that some risk assessments are carried out around such activities.
  • Otago’s Cricket’s HPC is not available for hire or open coaching sessions until 20th April where at that point further decision will be made if need be.

 

I want to thank everyone for your efforts, support and guidance this season. I appreciate the close working relationship with everyone and in meantime stay safe and we’ll continue to work towards growing the game in this region.

 

Regards,


Posted by Tim O'Sullivan on 18 March 2020 | Comments

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