Australia’s leading cricketers have agreed to take on media commitments during their annual leave period in a bid to keep cricket’s flame flickering during the coronavirus shutdown and help sponsors dramatically affected by the pandemic.
Under the terms of the memorandum of understanding signed in 2017 between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association, centrally and state-contracted players are entitled to six weeks of annual leave, in which time a player is not required to “train for, or play, cricket for CA or the player’s state association, participate in any CA/state association mandated educational, media or team building activities (unless otherwise agreed by the player in writing).”
With Australia’s home season having concluded prematurely last month because of the virus, players are currently on their annual leave period. The men’s national team are not scheduled to play again until July’s white-ball tour of England after the Test tour of Bangladesh was last week postponed.
The upshot is that like most Australians during the pandemic, the country’s top cricketers are spending their days at home. Even their personal plans have been affected, with Australia’s frontline leg-spinner Adam Zampa recently delaying his wedding because of restrictions placed on mass gatherings.