Cricket Australia CEO, James Sutherland made the following statement on the decision around the Gabba today:
“This is a very unfortunate situation to be dealing with. As long-term tenants of the Gabba, we’re very sympathetic to the Brisbane Lions and the AFL’s situation. It’s never ideal to have to move a fixture, particularly given how successful the AFL Women’s competition has been.
“The centre area of the ground is incredibly important for both our sports – and together with the AFL, we will be looking to engage with Stadiums Queensland about future major events at the Gabba, to ensure the turf isn’t compromised in this way again.
“Since the recent damage to the centre wicket block, we’ve had very constructive talks with Stadiums Queensland and have been given reassurances from them on the quality of the pitch for the first Test of the Ashes. The Test series will be the biggest sporting event in Australia this year, and we look forward to welcoming fans from all over the world to Queensland when we host another record crowd at the Australian cricket team’s traditional fortress, the Gabba.”