Sheffield Shield final cancelled, New South Wales crowned champions
Australia’s domestic competition Sheffield Shield was called off on Tuesday because of the coronavirus pandemic with New South Wales had been declared champions for the season. Victoria finished second.
Before that Australia have cancelled all professional cricket including even children’s community games.
Cricket Australia chief Kevin Roberts said in a statement,
“By effectively cancelling the remainder of our season, Cricket Australia is playing its part in protecting fans, players, staff, volunteers and match officials during this unprecedented global health issue.
“These are difficult decisions, but the right ones in the circumstances,” he said.
The last round of the Sheffield Shield season was abandoned. New South Wales won six games, lost two and drew one finishing 12 points clear of Victoria state.
CA chief further said,”Many will no doubt be disappointed that the Sheffield Shield, Premier Cricket and Community Cricket seasons won’t have their traditional ending.
“That said, we congratulate New South Wales who were 12 points clear at the top of the table on being crowned Sheffield Shield champions,” he added.
The coronavirus, which has infected almost 180,000 people and killed over 7,000 worldwide, has forced numerous global sporting events to be suspended or postponed for the time being.
In Australia the season-opening Formula One Grand Prix canceled last weekend in Melbourne and other sports were also suspended or called off. Australia have confirmed nearly 400 cases of coronavirus so far, with five fatalities.
CA chief stated, “As organisations around the world rally to slow the spread of the coronavirus, it’s important that we also provide decisive leadership.
“We hope that by taking these actions now – in addition to those announced in recent days – we can contribute to ‘flattening the curve’ of coronavirus and society returning to normal as quickly as possible.”
Australia’s three-match one-day international series against New Zealand, being played with no spectators, was abandoned at the weekend with Australia 1-0 up.