New Zealand Cricket call off all community cricket programmes
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) have called off all community cricket programmes including clubs and schools, for the rest of the season in order to help the country contain the coronavirus pandemic. The board announced the decision on Wednesday in a statement.
The threat of the coronavirus has effected the cricketing activities all over the world and it continues to spoil the rest of the events which were likely to happen next month. New Zealand Cricket (NZC) made the decision to cancel all cricketing community programmes after taking the medical advice.
“New Zealand Cricket, in conjunction with its Major and 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,” the board said in a statement.
The board also cancelled the last two rounds of the domestic Plunket Shield competition as a precaution against the spread or transmission of COVID-19. However, Wellington Firebirds will be awarded the title as they are 26 points ahead of Central Stags, who are second at the table.
New Zealand cricket have also postponed New Zealand Cricket Awards which was set to take place on March 30. Earlier, the remaining ODIs and the T20I series between New Zealand and Australia were also postponed due to COVID-19.
The first ODI between the sides were played behind closed doors at the Sydney Cricket Ground where the hosts Australia clinched a dominating win against New Zealand by 71 runs.