Cricket Australia delays contract list announcement due to coronavirus shutdown
Cricket Australia (CA) has postponed announcing the new contract list to the end of April in light of the financial complications triggered by the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic.
According to the original schedule, the announcement of contracts was supposed to be completed by this month, however, uncertainty hovers over the domestic and international season.
The board is currently strategizing over a contingency plan that takes into account the economic uncertainty. This last-minute delay has been accepted by the Australian Cricketers' Association along with the women's team captain Meg Lanning.
"Given the uncertainty around what’s happening around the world at the moment, it makes sense to take a minute, take a breath and work out what we’re dealing with and what potential impacts it might have for the game moving forward," the T20 World Cup-winning skipper Lanning was quoted as saying by AAP.
"We’ve been communicating really well with Cricket Australia and the ACA, working together with them.
"At the moment, it’s about waiting a little while for everyone to get the relevant information and is ready to move forward with that."
While the rapidly deteriorating COVID-19 crisis has drastically impacted other cricket boards, CA has avoided more serious effects.
Two ODIs against New Zealand were pushed ahead indefinitely whereas the Sheffield Shield came to an abrupt conclusion with table-toppers New South Wales being declared the winners.
The worsening coronavirus situation, nevertheless, can pose challenges to CA if it fails to subside ahead of the T20 World Cup in October-November and the subsequent high-profile series against India.
Meanwhile, the lockdown imposed in the country has already led the CA executives to take a pay cut and enforce a hiring freeze in the organization.