The NSW Government recently announced their “Roadmap to Freedom”, which provided topline details around the state’s re-opening.

Cricket NSW has always been determined to see the resumption of cricket as soon as possible, and as the NSW cricket community has demonstrated over the past 18 months, we are able to do so in a COVID Safe and compliant manner.

Cricket NSW is proactively engaging in ongoing discussions with NSW Sports Minister, The Hon. Natalie Ward, and other government departments on when and how community sport can return as part of the state’s re-opening.

DATE FOR RETURN TO TRAIN AND PLAY

Based upon current projections, the state is likely to re-open under restrictions as early as October 11.

While the NSW Government have not confirmed any dates or details for the return of community sport, Cricket NSW recommends to all cricket to prepare for a return to training from Monday October 11 and playing from as early as October 16.

REGISTRATIONS ARE OPEN

Now is the time to drive registrations for the new season and pull every lever possible to harness interest in what will be the biggest summer of domestic and international cricket. 

VACCINATION

In terms of cricket and vaccination, Cricket NSW are following the clear advice of the health authorities and that of the NSW Government, which is that anyone who is eligible for vaccination should get vaccinated without delay.

The NSW Government continues to highlight that those not fully vaccinated once the state hits the 70% mark and again at 80%, will not have the same freedoms as those who are fully vaccinated. Cricket NSW are not privy to what those freedoms are, but the residents of NSW have been put on notice and we urge our cricket community and community at large to get vaccinated as a means of protecting ourselves, our family and those closest to us.

NEXT STEPS - WHAT THE CRICKET COMMUNITY NEED TO DO NOW

Cricket NSW is advising the cricket community to do everything they can off the field to prepare for the new season, so that once we get the green light, everyone can start as promptly as possible.

The Cricket NSW Return To Play Working Group will now lead on supporting Cricket NSW Cricket Managers, clubs, and associations to prepare accordingly for the season ahead.

Things the NSW cricket community should start working on ahead of the return of community sport:

- Actively promoting registrations ready for the return to Cricket in October.

- A COVID Safety Plan will be required by all clubs and associations, taking into consideration the necessary government and public health requirements to be COVID Safe.

- QR Codes: All levels of community cricket will be required to have a Service NSW QR code in place for players and officials to check in.

- Mandatory check-in: All registered players and officials will be expected to check-in using the Service NSW app as a requirement to play. This will apply to all competitions for those aged 16 and over. Under 16s will be allowed to play without mandatory check-in provided COVID Safe guidelines are in place.

As mentioned above, Cricket NSW are yet to receive confirmation on when cricket will be allowed to resume but we feel confident that it will be sooner rather than later and are advising the NSW cricket community to prepare for a return to training from as early as October 11 and a return to play shortly thereafter.

Rest assured, Cricket NSW will provide relevant updates to our cricket community as soon as they come to hand, including the provision of resources to support the return to cricket.

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to consult with your respective Cricket NSW Cricket Manager or the Cricket NSW COVID Support team via covidsupport@cricketnsw.com.au should you have any questions at all.