In a statement issued on Saturday, Cricket Australia (CA) said that it was neither feasible nor fair to begin the Test on December 4 as originally planned.

"The first Test between Australia and India that was scheduled to start in Brisbane next Thursday has been postponed until an unspecified date to allow the cricket world time to grieve over the death of Phillip Hughes," the statement said.

“With funeral arrangements for Hughes confirmed for his home town of Macksville - midway between Brisbane and Sydney - next Wednesday afternoon, Cricket Australia has confirmed that it was neither feasible nor fair to begin the Test as originally planned the next day," it added.

The CA said that its officials have maintained close contact with the BCCI since Hughes was critically injured on Tuesday. The 25-year-old died two days later as a result of the injuries he received on being struck by a bouncer while batting in a Sheffield Shield match at the SCG.

"It is understood that the BCCI, and the Indian Test squad which is currently in Adelaide where a scheduled two-day warm-up match was to have been played yesterday and today was cancelled, have been understanding and supportive of the unprecedented circumstances,” CA added.

"The life and achievements of Hughes, who would have turned 26 tomorrow, will be honoured and celebrated at a funeral service to be held in the Sports Hall at Macksville High School where Hughes was a student until his move to Sydney in 2006 to pursue his cricket dream," CA further said.



The funeral will be telecast live on Channel Nine, while ABC Local Radio and the Fairfax Radio Network will also broadcast the service live around the country. It will also be streamed live on Cricket Australia's website and mobile app.

The decision to postpone the Test until a date to be confirmed was made in close consultation with the players, the Australian Cricketers Association and officials in India, the CA said.

CA boss James Sutherland said the BCCI, and the Indian Test squad which is currently in Adelaide where a scheduled two-day warm-up match to have been played on Friday and Saturday was cancelled, have been understanding and supportive of the unprecedented circumstances.

"These are extraordinary circumstances and we simply could not or would not expect our players to be emotionally ready to start a Test match the day after farewelling one of their teammates," he said.

"Their welfare is our absolute priority. They are grieving and to expect that they could play a high-pressured, five-day Test match the following day is out of the question.

"We appreciate the incredible understanding and support of the BCCI. It has been nothing short of outstanding during these difficult times," Sutherland said.

CA also announced that ticket sales for the postponed Test have been suspended.

"We know there are many people who have purchased tickets to the Test match who will be wondering what happens next (and) once the situation has been resolved, we will advise them as a priority. Fans should simply hold onto their tickets until further notice," Sutherland said.

"We fully acknowledge the many groups who want to know when the Test will take place, particularly cricket fans in Queensland, Queensland Cricket and Stadiums Queensland.      

"We just ask the cricket community for some patience as we work through a range of scenarios in full consultation with the players, the Indian Board, the ICC and our broadcasters. We hope to resolve all matters in the next few days and will let cricket fans and the game's many important stakeholders know as a priority," he said.
     
Australian Cricketers Association Chief Executive Alastair Nicholson said, "After consulting with the players, we have communicated to Cricket Australia that the opportunity to farewell their team mate is the priority, and the prospect of them playing the following day is simply too big an ask.

"The players are going through a grieving process and they must be afforded the opportunity to do so. As anyone can appreciate, this process does not run according to a clock or a calendar. This is a unique situation and a unique response is required. We will continue to discuss options with the players and Cricket Australia over the coming days," said Nicholson.

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