South Australia’s scheduled clash with Queensland at Karen Rolton Oval beginning on Tuesday, 17 March has been abandoned as part of the decision.

All venues had already advised fans not to attend upcoming Shield matches, however Cricket Australia announced on Sunday morning the round would be cancelled altogether.

The move was sparked by a desire to reduce travel for players, support staff and officials.

A call on the Shield final, set to begin on Friday, 27 March, has yet to be made.

“At times like this, cricket must take a back seat for the greater good,” Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts said.

“We have been in consultation with relevant government agencies, our own medical team and an infectious diseases expert for quite some time now, and we have taken all their advice into account in making these decisions.

“The decisions made this week are not something we are accustomed to in cricket. But by making them, we hope we can contribute to the global effort to slow, and eventually stop, the spread of coronavirus.”