The second match of the ongoing Sheffield Shield 2021-22 season between Queensland and Tasmania has been postponed. The decision came after four new COVID-19 cases emerged in Queensland. The postponement came only moments before the match was scheduled to begin on September 28 (Tuesday).
Queensland Cricket was confident of the game going ahead but Cricket Australia (CA) later confirmed that the match has been postponed and it will be played at a later date. The two teams are also set to face each other in a Marsh One-Day Cup fixture on October 3 (Sunday). But the status of the game is still not clear.
"The (Shield) match will be rescheduled to a new date later in the season, following the Tasmanian team's decision to fly home today. Further updates regarding the scheduled Marsh One-Day Cup match between the two sides, due to be played this Sunday, October 3, will be provided in due course," CA said in a statement according to Cricbuzz.
Tasmania Cricket also released a statement later stating that they adopted a safety-first approach for the well-being of their players and the staff. The association felt that it is better for the team to travel back home despite the chances of game going ahead.
"Cricket Tasmania has made the decision to return their Tasmanian Tigers Marsh Sheffield Shield and One-Day squads to Tasmania today. This is not a decision that was taken lightly. While the situation in Queensland hasn't prevented the match from commencing today, a cautious and considered approach is being taken and it is our strong opinion that we are better having our players and staff home as we build a better understanding of the current landscape. We look forward to playing the Queensland Bulls at the first opportunity," their statement read.