10 February 2017
With record temperatures forecast for much of the state on Saturday, Cricket NSW has cancelled McDonald’s Premier Cricket and recommends that all cricket associations in Sydney do the same for their competitions.
Associations outside Sydney should make decisions based on the conditions in their local region.
More details are available from the Sports Medicine Australia website: http://sma.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/hot-weather-guidelines-web-download-doc-2007.pdf
Cricket NSW CEO Andrew Jones said the welfare of players, umpires and volunteers was paramount.
“This is not a decision we take lightly. We waited for the latest forecast possible before making a final decision,” Mr Jones said.
“However with conditions now seeming unlikely to improve the advice of Cricket NSW Doctor John Orchard is to cancel McDonald’s Premier Cricket.”
Dr Orchard said there was a significant difference in player support between the Sheffield Shield match taking place at the SCG against Queensland and other competitions.
“My main concern is that Grade Cricket does not have the infrastructure in place to safely monitor and manage heat stroke in what is essentially an amateur volunteer-run organisation,” Dr Orchard said.
“At the SCG we have medical staff in place that will be monitoring players who are showing any signs of symptoms and making sure no one with heat stress returns to play. We also checked before the game that no one had pre-existing illness.”
Mr Jones urged all associations to take a cautious and common sense approach with junior and senior cricket.
“We want men and women, girls and boys, to play as much cricket as possible however duty of care comes first,” Mr Jones said.
“Cricket NSW does not administer local club cricket so each association should judge the suitability to play depending on local conditions in their region but the welfare of players and umpires must be the central consideration,” Mr Jones said.
“These decisions should be made by local cricket authorities using their good judgement based on actual or anticipated local conditions. Both heat and humidity should be taken into account, with high humidity amplifying the heat.
“If there are any concerns about the safety and wellbeing of players and umpires the association should take the sensible approach and cancel play on Saturday.
“Cricket NSW has also called off the Thunder and Sixers Girls Cricket Leagues.”
For more information contact:
Malcolm Conn (Cricket NSW) 0401 704 358