To all MPCA Clubs, Players, Administrators, Umpires and Supporters,
I wish to inform you that the MPCA Board has decided to cancel the 2019/2020 finals series which would have been run over this coming weekend.
We understand this is extremely disappointing for all clubs that have made it into the Finals after a long season.
It will also be disappointing to those clubs who have put their hands up to host the Finals at their grounds.
The decision has not been taken lightly and has been one of considerable discussion and angst for the Board.
This decision is in line with Cricket Victoria’s directive received today from Cricket Australia and Cricket Victoria (see the following Extract from the attachment),
“Cricket Australia, in consultation with its State and Territory Associations, has cancelled the Marsh Sheffield Shield final for 2019/20 and Cricket Victoria has taken the further step of cancelling all Premier Cricket finals from this week onwards.
We expect local community cricket and school competitions to take the same leadership position and cancel all cricket playing and training activity for the remainder of the 2019/20 season in response to this unprecedented global health issue.”
The MPCA Board feels that it must take the advice seriously in order to assist with COVID-19 (Corona Virus) risk mitigation measures and help protect not only all members in the MPCA but those in the wider community .
No decision has been made in regards to making a determination on the awarding of Premierships in all senior grades yet, the Board will be discussing this over the next few days and will convey that outcome at a later date.
The MPCA Board also makes a strong recommendation to all clubs to seriously consider postponing or cancelling any planned social events, including Junior and Senior Club Presentation Nights.
The MPCA Board thanks you for your cooperation and
CRICKET ASSOCIATION INC.