Sheffield Shield match between Queensland and Tasmania was postponed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The match was scheduled to begin at Ian Healy Oval in Brisbane on Tuesday morning.
We thank Queensland Cricket and Cricket Australia for their understanding: Cricket Tasmania
Just before the toss could take place Queensland Cricket announced on its official Twitter handle about the postponement of the match after Tasmania decided to fly home following news that Queensland had recorded four locally acquired COVID-19 cases.
Cricket Australia advises that the #SheffieldShield match between Queensland and Tasmania at Ian Healy Oval, due to begin today, has been postponed.
The match will be rescheduled to a new date later in the season, following the Tasmanian team’s decision to fly home today.
— Queensland Cricket (@qldcricket) September 28, 2021
“Cricket Tasmania has made the decision to return their Tasmanian Tigers Marsh Sheffield Shield and One-Day squads to Tasmania today. This is not a decision that was taken lightly,” Cricket Tasmania said in a statement.
“While the situation in Queensland hasn’t prevented the match from commencing today, a cautious and considered approach is being taken and it is our strong opinion that we are better having our players and staff home as we build a better understanding of the current landscape.
“We look forward to playing the Queensland Bulls at the first opportunity. We thank Queensland Cricket and Cricket Australia for their understanding and flexibility with this match postponement, and we hope that this preventative measure will, with hindsight, not have been required,” the statement added.
Queensland vs Tasmania Sheffield Shield match to be rescheduled
In a statement, Cricket Australia said the match between the two sides will be rescheduled to some other day and the safety of their players and other members is their top-most priority.
“The (Shield) match will be rescheduled to a new date later in the season, following the Tasmanian team’s decision to fly home today,” the CA statement read.
“Further updates regarding the scheduled Marsh One-Day Cup match between the two sides, due to be played this Sunday, October 3, will be provided in due course.
“Cricket Australia and all State and Territory Associations will continue to make the health and safety of our players, staff, match officials, fans and the wider community our top priority as we look to execute a safe and successful summer of cricket.”
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