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.
UPDATE: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Health and Hygiene guidelines for Victorian
To All Clubs, Players, and Volunteers
As you will be aware, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared
COVID-19 Coronavirus at pandemic level internationally.
The information around this Virus in regards to its spread and how it is
impacting individuals is changing rapidly by the hour and by the day.
To play, support or adjudicate (Umpires) this weekend or not is of course up
to the Individual.
All Individuals need to take their own circumstances into account and should
not feel any pressure from anyone to be involved in matches this weekend.
At this point in time the MPCA do not believe that cancellation or
postponement of matches over this weekend is required.
A common-sense approach to reduce the risk of person-to-person transmission
of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, of all people involved in the game (whether
they be playing, support staff, administrators, volunteers or others) should
The following measures should be put into effect by all cricket clubs/teams
to reduce the spread of all illnesses, including COVID-19: (See
Recommendations on links below for more details)
* Communicate this information to everyone within your club, Players,
administrators, volunteers or others
* If at all possible Hand sanitiser to be made available in change rooms
toilets etc they need to have an alcohol base and everyone should be
encouraged to use it along with washing of hands with soap especially prior
* Players should avoid using saliva as a method of shining the cricket
* Do not share drinks, towels, lip balm, sunscreen with others (bring
* Limit physical contact and proximity to others where possible ( not
Easy of course)
* Limit sharing of cricket equipment (other than the ball)
The best way to protect yourself and your family is to pay attention to good
hand and respiratory hygiene. (See Recommendations on links below for more
details) Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing into a tissue,
or cough into your elbow, dispose of the tissue into a bin and then wash
your hands afterwards.
* If you have concerns about your health, please see your doctor.
We will endeavour to keep clubs informed with any further recommendations or
changes to conditions as information becomes available.
For the latest advice and further information please visit:
Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website
Federal Health Department website