The Australian Masters Championships set for May will be postponed until late August, due to the ongoing travel restrictions created by the coronavirus pandemic.
The indoor cricket championships were to have been staged at the Palmerston Indoor Sports Centre in Darwin from May 22-29, and now be held from August 28 to September 4.
The decision to postpone the Australian Masters Championships was based on current travel restrictions and quarantine requirements that created uncertainty about coordinating the national event.
While disappointed by the delay, Cricket Australia remains committed to the Australian Masters Championship and is hopeful the delay will allow the tournament to proceed without any limitations.
With many teams already selected for the 2021 championships, the age criteria will remain with May 29 the cut off for the various divisions – 30-and-over women, 35-and-over men, 40-and-over men, 45-and-over men and 50-and-over men.
Cricket Australia are committed to supporting those teams and players inconvenienced by the delay.
Cricket Australia Interim Executive General Manager Community Cricket, Stuart Whiley said:
“Given the amount of hard work and planning already invested by the competition organisers and competitors, it is disappointing the Australian Masters Championship could not proceed as scheduled.
“We’re grateful to be able to reschedule the event immediately and look forward to staging a successful Australian Masters Championship in August/September.
“Unfortunately, there is a lot uncertainty around COVID-19 restrictions, particularly around travel requirements and border closures, which limits our ability to guarantee that all our teams can compete.
“It is particularly tough for non-professional players to be away from work or friends longer than initially planned, and the health and wellbeing of our participants is our number one priority.
“The tournament remains a vitally important part of our representative cricket calendar and every effort will be made to ensure it is contested later in the year.
“We would like to thank the tournament organisers, State and Territory Associations, indoor sports bodies and participants for both their hard work to date and their understanding,” Whiley said.