Cricket Australia (CA) have confirmedd that the national contract announcement has been delayed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
All players with Cricket Australia contracts were informed on Friday that a decision has been made to postpone any contract related announcements until at least 30 April.
This inlcudes both the mens and womens teams as as Big Bash League contracts.
“We had some communication late last week around the contracting and that’s on pause for the moment,” Australia’s women’s captain Meg Lanning said. “I think April 30 is the cut-off time for them to name the contracting list, but given the uncertainty around what’s happening around the world at the moment, I suppose it just makes sense to take a minute to take a breath and work out what we’re dealing with and what potential impacts it might have for the game moving forward.
The coronavirus pandemic has already had big implications within the cricketing relm with the IPL already delayed because of it. As a result, other scheduled events will likely have to be relooked at with the most pressing being that of the T20 World Cup at the end of the year which is set to take place in Australia.