Cricket Tasmania has today announced an organisational redesign in response to the impacts of COVID-19.

While hope remains for Tasmanians to be returning to the cricket pitch this summer, the immediate reductions to revenue for the Association are significant, and we know we are yet to see the full extent of the economic uncertainty we face.

Cricket Tasmania has approached the redesign judiciously, with a focus on cost reduction and revenue protection that enables the business to remain as strong as it possibly can in these uncertain times. An emphasis has been placed on ensuring that no single part of the organisation feels these changes more than others, with an absolute focus on cricket across all levels.

It is an unfortunate consequence of the redesign that a number of roles in the business will no longer exist. While some of the roles being made redundant are currently vacant and will not be filled, there will regretfully be some job losses. We acknowledge the very personal impact this will have on the individuals involved, and the business will do what it can to support them through the process.

Cricket Tasmania Chief Executive Dominic Baker spoke to media earlier this afternoon.

“It’s a very difficult time for businesses around the world, and unfortunately we’re having to make some tough decisions to secure the future of Cricket Tasmania. Our financial position coming into this period was relatively good, having significantly reduced our levels of debt over recent years, however the immediate and future impacts of coronavirus have led us to this unenviable situation.”

“With reductions in revenue from Cricket Australia; no events at the Blundstone Arena Function Centre; and cancellation of major events like the One Day International in March and this year’s AFL matches, it would be negligent of us to not mitigate the risks that this new landscape poses.”

“We’re committed to ensuring that Cricket Tasmania remains strong and resilient. We hope that the changes won’t be obvious to our participants, clients and partners, and we’re working hard to minimise the impacts on clubs and associations. They’re feeling the impacts in their own right and we don’t want to hinder their recovery.”

“We are confident that the changes we have announced put us in a position that, when the time comes, we will see clubs all around the state back on the field, our own state teams continuing their campaigns and our staff back in schools and communities engaging the next generation of cricketers.”

“Sport will survive and will remain ingrained in the Australian way of life. The future will see us doing more with less, but we will ensure that our association survives with it.”