The Highlands District Cricket Association has officially delayed the start of its 2021-22 season as the state's governing body discusses potential COVID vaccination requirements for participants.
HDCA Chair Stephen Wentworth explained that due to the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, there was no start date determined for the season.
This news comes days after Cricket NSW circulated an email, obtained by Australian Community Media, suggesting a 'jab and play' strategy could be introduced as the sport attempts to return amid the global pandemic.
Cricket NSW is yet to confirm any COVID-10 policies, however, is working towards with NSW Health to help players return to the field once the state's vaccination rate hit 80 per cent - a number outlined by NSW deputy premier John Barilaro as when community sport would be allowed to restart.
"While there is understandingly a lack of clarity at this time from the NSW government around a return to community sport, CNSW believes it is our responsibility to assist in making a decision given that it is highly likely that a return to sport will not be without restrictions," the email from Cricket NSW read.
"CNSW believes it is responsible to provide a safe playing environment for our cricketers and, to this end, everyone who participates in cricket and can be vaccinated, is vaccinated.
"We respect people's opinions, but we believe it's a responsibility on us to provide a safe playing environment for all of our cricketers, match officials and volunteers, wherever they may be.
"Ultimately the decision may be out of our hands but it's safe to assume there will be a 'jab and play' strategy."
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