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Tigers Shield opener abandoned due to COVID fears

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Cricket Tasmania has made the call to bring the Tigers' Sheffield Shield and One-Day squads back home, just moments before they were due begin their season against the Queensland Bulls.

The move was made out of an abundance of caution, after four new COVID cases popped up in the Brisbane region, where the game was to be played at Ian Healy Oval.

Initially it was just the opening day's play that was postponed, before the entire 4-day match was resheduled to be played at a later date.

"This is not a decision that was taken lightly," an official statement from the Tigers said.

"While the situation in Queensland hasn’t prevent the match from commencing today, a cautious and considered approach is being taken and it is our strong opinion that we are better having our players and staff home as we build a better understanding of the current landscape."

"We look forward to playing the Queensland Bulls at the first opportunity.  We thank Queensland Cricket and Cricket Australia for their understanding and flexibility with this match postponement, and we hope that this preventative measure will, with hindsight, not have been required."

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk declined to go into a full lockdown on Tuesday morning but said authorities were closely monitoring the situation. 

 Image: Cricket Tasmania Twitter