Cricket Australia have today announced a number of actions in response to the global coronavirus pandemic, some of which have a material impact for Tasmanian cricket fans.
Australia’s three-match One-Day International series against New Zealand will proceed as scheduled, however fans will not be admitted into the venue.
This impacts the match on March 20 at Blundstone Arena, as well as the two preceding matches at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
All fans who purchased public tickets are eligible for a full refund and will be contacted directly by Ticketek.
Media with current accreditation will be admitted into the venues and a precautionary perimeter will be established around players and staff during media engagements.
Cricket Tasmania Chief Executive Dominic Baker said that while it will be disappointing to cricket fans, the health of Tasmanians comes first.
“The global impact of coronavirus is growing by the day, and we have to make sure that we put the safety of our fans, staff and players first” said Baker. “As Tasmania’s key international match for the season I can understand the disappointment that our fans will feel, but I know they’ll be supportive of the position that's been taken.”
“Cricket Australia’s decisions around all their international fixturing is one we wholeheartedly support, and we will continue working with them in the lead up to next Friday’s match.”
“We’ll also progress discussions around what the international content in Tasmania looks like for next season to ensure that Tasmanian is kept on the international cricket map.”
Cricket Tasmania have also postponed their Community Cricket Awards scheduled for next Thursday 19 March until further notice, and will make decisions relating to other events in the coming week.
Premier League and community cricket matches will be proceeding as normal.