Coronavirus outbreak: Tim Paine supports suspension of cricket leaguesLast updated on Mar 18, 2020, 07:05 pm
Australian Test skipper Tim Paine urged the people to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously.
In a video posted on twitter, the 35-year-old justified the suspension of sporting events around the world.
Quite a few leagues across various sports have been called-off in the wake of the deadly COVID-19, which has claimed nearly 8,000 lives and infected close to 2,00,000 people globally.
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Paine vouches for a break from cricket amid coronavirus outburst
"I think it is time that we take a break. I know it's even harder this time of year when you've got trophies on the line and it's all there to be won. Coronavirus is bigger than the game of cricket," Paine said.
New Zealand series
The ODI series between Australia and New Zealand was cancelled
While Australia won the first ODI against New Zealand at the SCG, the remaining two matches of the Chappell-Hadlee series were scrapped, owing to the coronavirus scare.
The following three-match T20I series between the two nations was also postponed.
The Australian women's cricket team's limited overs tour of South Africa was called-off with growing concerns over coronavirus.
New South Wales clinched the title
The 2019-20 season of Australia's domestic championship Sheffield Shield was made redundant following the cancellation of international games.
The remaining two matches and the final were suspended as New South Wales were crowned champions.
They were leading after nine games in the inter-state competition.
Also, the Australian government on Sunday enforced self-quarantine for the people entering the country.
IPL and PSL
The two cricket leagues have been postponed
The upcoming edition of Indian Premier League also faced the wrath of coronavirus as the tournament has been postponed from March 29 to April 15.
This decision came after the government imposed travel restriction on overseas players.
Besides, the Pakistan Super League has also been deferred until further notice.
The knockout games, which were scheduled on March 17 and 18, will be played later.
Paine posted the message on twitter
In these testing times, we thank you for your patience and support. Here's a message from your men's skipper on behalf of Australian Cricket. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/10jlHl1wYZ— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) March 18, 2020