'In this together': Aussie skipper's bold crisis declaration

Australia's limited overs cricket captain Aaron Finch says he is prepared for the financial repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic.

Finch, like several Aussie teammates, stands to lose more than most other cricketers financially, if the crisis forces the Indian Premier League (IPL) to be cancelled.

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Unprecedented travel restrictions are likely to scupper the participation of Australia's players in the IPL, should the Twenty20 competition even proceed at all.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a blanket 'do not travel overseas' advisory that will remain in place indefinitely, intending to help combat the coronavirus pandemic.

The level-four warning spells out "you should not travel", "your health and safety is at extreme risk" and "if you get into trouble, the Australian Government may be unable to help".

Presuming that advice remains in place next month, IPL-bound Australians would need to finalise individual insurance and emergency-plan arrangements.

Cricket Australia (CA), having recently attempted to soothe concerns it would revoke no-objection certificates for the IPL, is supportive of Wednesday's travel advice.

CA has previously opted against sending teams to Pakistan when it was classified a level-three "reconsider your need to travel" destination by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

This is arguably a more complex issue for many reasons, especially as the IPL falls during players' leave period, but it could prove a moot point.

IPL organisers have already pushed this season's start back to April 15, the same date which the Indian government has suspended all visas until, with expectation growing it will change again soon.

Finch - who was slated to join Virat Kohli at Royal Challengers Bangalore - told SEN on Wednesday that stopping the spread of the virus is of paramount importance.

Aaron Finch accepts that players will share whatever financial hit cricket experiences because of coronavirus. Pic: Getty

"We've never seen anything like this," Finch said.

"That (travel advice) has changed over the last couple of hours. That could change in two weeks or three weeks, it's hard to plan anything.

"But it's just about making sure everyone around you personally is safe and you're doing everything you can to stop the spread."

Australian players would cop a major financial blow if the coronavirus outbreak affected the next home summer, which includes a lucrative Test series against India plus the men's T20 World Cup.

Pat Cummins ($A3.1 million) headlined the list of Australians sold during the most recent auction, underlining how much is at stake.

The figure for the Aussie fast bowler represents an IPL record for a foreign player, with Finch's Bangalore deal worth around $900,000.

Players understand revenue-share model ‘risk’

However, Finch says Aussie players understand that when the sport suffers financially, so do they.

"That's the risk you take when you have the revenue-share model, when the organisation takes a hit then so do we," Finch said.

"We understand we're all in this together.

"I'm sure in the long run, everything will be back to normal at some stage. It's just hard to say when."

Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell and Pat Cummins would all be hit hard if CA imposes an IPL ban. Pic: Getty

One player agent suggested to AAP on Wednesday that India's board could attempt to stage a truncated IPL that ends as late as September.

England intended to launch a new format and league in July with help from Finch and other Australian stars, but the Hundred is now in doubt like so many sporting events.

Crisis forces Cricket Australia to end Sheffield Shield season

The situation facing cricket officials overseas comes after Cricket Australia was on Tuesday forced to call off the remainder of the Sheffield Shield season.

CA suspended the shield season with one round remaining in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, with NSW declared winners after being 12 points clear at the top of the table from next-best Victoria.

CA chief executive Kevin Roberts says it was an unanimous decision to award the Blues the Shield with no prospect of a final being played as scheduled from March 27.

He said the Blues' big lead after nine rounds contributed to the agreement to award them the title rather than finish the season with a non-winner.

"A decision has been made at the state and territory chairman level together with our chairman, Earl Eddings, to cancel the Sheffield Shield final," Roberts said.

"It's really disappointing but it's the right thing to do in the circumstances and congratulations to NSW.

"By effectively cancelling the remainder of our season, Cricket Australia is playing its part in protecting fans, players, staff, volunteers and match officials during this unprecedented global health issue."

With AAP