The cricket world has been stunned by the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, with national and domestic sides having their foreseeable futures blurred, while a number of series and tournaments face suspensions and cancellations in the aftermath.
Several tours worldwide have been postponed, with the Indian Premier League (IPL) the first domino to fall within the COVID-19 crisis.
The IPL has shut up shop until April 15, with the league’s governing body looking into the best precautions to mitigate their seasons fixture.
Soon after the IPL took their stance, England’s tour of Sri Lanka, South Africa’s tour of India and the Australian women’s tour of South Africa were soon announced to be following in the same fate.
Australia’s tour of South Africa was set to commence on March 22 until Cricket South Africa (CSA) said it would not go ahead as planned on Friday.
The Pakistan Super League has scrapped four days off its schedule, reducing the four-match playoff to just the two days of post-season cricket, with two semi finals and a final to decide the winner.
The latest domino to fall was the Chappell-Hadlee series, as the final two matches of the three-game one-day series were cancelled.
The first match of the series took place at a hollow SCG, with no crowds in attendance to witness Australia defeat their neighbours by 71 runs.
The following Saturday saw the New Zealand government lift its restrictions on the COVID-19 outbreak, announcing that those entering the country from Australia would be submitted to 14 days of isolation.
Within that time, Kiwi’s quick Lockie Ferguson faced a coronavirus scare, only to have his test return negative.
The three-match T20 series between the two nations has also been called off due to the elevated restrictions and travel bans induced by the New Zealand government.
The NSW Blues are set to be crowned Sheffield Shield champions following the announcement that the competition will be cancelled following the coronavirus pandemic.
Cricket Australia announced that the final round of the Shield would be scrapped and that the final that is set to take pace in Wollongong on March 27 remains in major doubt.
In the likelihood that the final is abolished, NSW will be crowned premiers for the first time since the 2013-14 season.