In response to the global coronavirus pandemic the final round of the Marsh Sheffield Shield season has been cancelled to reduce travel.

This includes the New South Wales Blues match against Western Australia, which was due to start in Perth on Tuesday.

A decision as to whether the Sheffield Shield Final will continue will be made in due course.

Kevin Roberts, Cricket Australia’s Chief Executive Officer, said the measures were appropriate given the current global health crisis.

“At times like this, cricket must take a back seat for the greater good,” Roberts said. “We have been in consultation with relevant government agencies, our own medical team and an infectious diseases expert for quite some time now, and we have taken all their advice into account in making these decisions.

“In recent days, it has become evident that we must play our part in helping limit the spread of the virus by reducing person-to-person contact wherever possible. These measures reflect that.

“The decisions made this week are not something we are accustomed to in cricket. But by making them, we hope we can contribute to the global effort to slow, and eventually stop, the spread of coronavirus.”

Cricket NSW CEO Lee Germon said the decision was made by Cricket Australia on the basis of a unanimous recommendation from the States and Territories. 

“I fully support this decision which aligns with our principle to ensure we are looking after our people.” Mr Germon said.