Australia’s Test skipper Tim Paine put up a video on Twitter that stressed about why the COVID-19 or novel coronavirus should be taken more seriously than cricket. Paine was justifying the suspension of all ongoing action on the cricket field in order contain the deadly outbreak.
The disease that has claimed 8,000 lives and infected thrice the numberom of that people has seen several series and tournaments across sports being cancelled or postponed.
“As hard as it is for all cricketers at the moment I think it is time that we take a break. I know it’s even harder this time of year when you’ve got finals and trophies are on the line and it’s all there to be won but this is bigger than us, bigger than the game of cricket but it’s something that needs to be taken very seriously,” Paine said in a video posted on twitter.
“I hope that we’re all back playing the game we love and going about our lives the way we want to as soon as possible but in the meantime, please take care of yourselves, take care of others and let’s ride this out together.”
Australia’s series against New Zealand was called off due to the same threat after the completion of the first ODI. There is an upcoming three-match T20I series in New Zealand again between these sides that was due to start on March 24. This has also been postponed. In the Australian domestic scene, the remainder of the domestic first-class competition, the Sheffield Shield, has also been cancelled.
The Australian women’s cricket team that was due to embark on a limited-overs tour of South Africa has also been kept out of action with the series cancelled.
“There’s no doubt it’s been a big week for our cricket community. Some decisions have been made in the best interests of our country and our most vulnerable people. One of those decisions has been to cancel all cricket. I realise that’s tough but it’s something we should all take very seriously,” Paine said.
“I would certainly love to be playing with Tasmania right now in the hunt for a Sheffield Shield final and there’s no doubt our Australian men’s team would love to be in Hobart trying to win the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy and certainly our female world champion team would love to be in South Africa. But we’re not, and for very very good reason,” he went on to add.
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