Four upcoming matches of Australia’s Women’s national cricket league have been postponed to be played in the early weeks of March. This was announced by Cricket Australia, the official board of Australian Cricket on Thursday.
The matches scheduled between Queensland and South Australia which were to hold on January 7th and 9th have been postponed and so have matches between ACT and Victoria on January 9th and 11th. On January 4th, two matches between Tasmania and Western Australia scheduled for Blundstone Arena on January 7 and 9 too had been postponed due to border restrictions between the two states. These matches are now scheduled to be played on March 9 and 11 at Blundstone Arena. Due to this, the WNCL final will now be played on March 18, 12 days later than it was initially scheduled to be played.
Peter Roach, Cricket Australia’s Head of Cricket Operations and Scheduling in a statement said: “The safety and wellbeing of players, match officials, staff and fans remains our top priority as we aim to deliver the full 29-game WNCL season.”
Few teams in the Women National Cricket League are already juggling with positive cases in their teams due to which the team and individuals have to go through compulsory isolation. These were creating a lot of obstacles in terms of the availability of players and team practices.
These decisions were made in consideration of the player’s health and wellbeing. There was also border restrictions placed in these states. The respective states and territory associations, in consultation with Cricket Australia, has decided that due to the high COVID-19 it was in the best interest of the players and staff that these matches be postponed.