Cricket Australia Promises Thorough Review After BBL Game Abandoned Due to Dangerous Pitch

Cricket Australia (CA) has pledged to conduct a comprehensive review following the abandonment of the BBL 2023 match between Melbourne Renegades and Perth Scorchers due to a perilous pitch. In a statement issued a day after the incident, CA acknowledged the dangerous conditions and affirmed its commitment to thoroughly investigating the circumstances surrounding the unsafe pitch.

According to Cricket Australia, adverse weather conditions, particularly rain in the days leading up to the game, had affected the pitch at GMHBA Stadium. Ground staff diligently worked to address the situation, receiving the umpires’ approval for the pitch to be considered safe for play. However, in the seventh over, the umpires made the critical decision to abandon the game, citing foreseeable risk to the players’ safety due to uneven bounce.

As a result of the abandonment, each team involved in the match will receive one point, and fans will be refunded the cost of their tickets. The statement emphasized CA’s commitment to thoroughly reviewing the circumstances that led to the abandonment, expressing understanding for the disappointment experienced by both fans and players.

The incident marks the first instance in the history of the BBL where a match had to be called off due to an unsafe pitch. However, it echoes a previous occurrence in Australia in 2019 when a Sheffield Shield competition match between Victoria and West Australia was abandoned after two players sustained head injuries due to dangerous bounce. This recent incident has prompted CA to address the issue promptly, ensuring the safety of players and upholding the integrity of the game in future BBL fixtures.