The coronavirus outbreak has spread fear worldwide. The virus has now affected 90 nations. As a result, all the major sporting tournaments across the globe are either suspended or delayed for the time being. In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Australian Cricket Board also canceled all its remaining domestic matches for the season. The Covid-19 pandemic has forced Australian Cricket to cancel the ongoing 2019-20 Marsh Sheffield Shield. New South Wales are the winners of the tournament with 12 points. CA also postponed Australia’s women’s tours of South Africa – senior and Under-19s – and an Under-19 Indigenous tour to New Zealand. In support of this decision, Australian skipper, Tim Paine shared a wonderful message for the nation’s cricket community.
The Cricket Australia shared a video of Australia’s captain urging citizens to stay safe in these testing times
“There’s no doubt this has been a big week for our cricket community, a really big time for Australians,” Paine said in the video message. “Some decisions have been made in the best interest of our country, and its most vulnerable people. Those decisions were certainly not made lightly and have been made on the best possible advice from our government and from health experts.”
He further added that though it is hard for cricketers, it is time to take a break. He stressed on the fact that the current situation is bigger than the game of cricket. Tim Paine also talked on the suspension of the Men’s series against New Zealand and the women’s team tour to face the Proteas.
“I hope we are all back playing the game we love and going about our lives the way we want to as soon as possible, but in the meantime, please take of yourselves, take care of others and ride this out together,” Paine concluded.