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Gabba BBL Statement

18 January 2019

Cricket Australia and Brisbane Heat will offer ticket-holders from last night’s abandoned KFC Big Bash League match between the Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder complimentary tickets to attend next week’s day-night Domain First Test at the Gabba.

Attendees will be able to choose to attend one day of the Test against Sri Lanka for free in the wake of the no-result in the BBL game caused by an external power outage that blacked out a section of the Gabba’s lighting, including patron seating and function areas.

The offer applies to all Ticketek ticket-holders, including Brisbane Heat members and those in Match Day Premium ticketed areas. Affected customers will be sent an email today detailing how they can redeem the tickets.

Cricket Australia Executive General Manager of Fan Engagement, Anthony Everard said:

"Last night's match was unable to be completed due to an external power issue that was outside the control of the Brisbane Heat, Queensland Cricket and Cricket Australia.

"The match officials assessed the situation including whether there was enough light for play to continue safely. A decision was reached that there was insufficient light for this to occur and subsequently play was abandoned and the points were split between Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder.

"We are now working with Stadiums Queensland to investigate why this occurred, and to ensure there will be no further issues at future matches.

"Under Cricket Australia’s established terms and conditions, the 23 overs of play including the full innings of the Thunder meant that refunds are not applicable in this instance.

"However, the Heat and Cricket Australia would like to extend an offer to fans to attend next week's day-night First Domain Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Gabba for free."

Queensland Cricket CEO Max Walters said the safety of patrons at last night's game was paramount and that the Brisbane Heat staff and management had worked quickly and efficiently with the venue to reduce risk of potential injury while the power outage was occurring.

"Queensland Cricket will continue to work with the venue to ensure patron comfort and safety for all of our events in the future,” he said.