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Alice Springs stripped of BBL match due to unfit surface

ANI | Updated: Jan 29, 2019 14:26 IST

London (UK), Jan 29 (ANI): Alice SpringsTraeger Park has been stripped of the Big Bash League (BBL) match between Adelaide Strikers and Perth Scorchers owing to an unfit surface.
The venue was slated to host the final group clash between the two teams but now the match has been shifted to Adelaide Oval.
Cricket Australia's head of cricket operations Peter Roach termed the development as “disappointing” and said that they are working to improve the condition of the playing field.
“It's disappointing that the match can't be played at Traeger Park given the importance of cricket being able to take this fixture outside of its traditional venues. We have been working closely with Alice Springs Town Council over several weeks to try to improve the condition of the playing field, however, the outfield falls short of the standard required for this match and would represent an unacceptable risk to player safety,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Roach, as saying.
“Despite remediation work undertaken in recent weeks, multiple sections of the outfield remain in a sandy condition and the loose footing presents a risk to the welfare of players. Unfortunately, there is very little prospect that this can be rectified by 9 February,” Roach added. 
Earlier also, the two Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) matches between Strikers and Scorchers were relocated to Albrecht Oval owing to the poor state of the outfield. (ANI)

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