Cricket Victoria will call on its members to show their support to the family and friends of Luke Batty and the Tyabb Cricket Club on the weekend by wearing black arm bands as a mark of respect.
Earlier this week, the cricket community lost one of its youngest members following the tragic death of the 11-year-old.
Cricket Victoria Chief Executive Officer Tony Dodemaide said he was heartened by the decision of the Australian Test team to wear black arm bands in South Africa overnight and encouraged the remainder of the cricket community to do likewise in their next fixtures.
“We are all shocked and saddened by the tragic circumstances that unfolded in Tyabb this week,” Mr Dodemaide said.
“We believe that this request is a fitting tribute to the memory of Luke Batty and a sign of respect to the Tyabb Cricket Club.”
Supported by Vicsport, the peak body representing Victoria’s sport and active recreation sector, the broader sporting community will also be encouraged to participate.
“The black arm bands will not only signify support for those directly affected by the dreadful incident in Tyabb, but will also show the sporting community’s recognition and support of efforts to address domestic violence and related mental health problems in the community,” Vicsport Chief Executive Officer Mark McAllion said.
The Commonwealth Bank VicSpirit will wear black arm bands in the WNCL Final against New South Wales at North Sydney Oval on Sunday.
Those experiencing issues related to domestic violence and mental health are strongly encouraged to contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.
*Individual clubs should make case-by-case decisions as to whether this request extends to junior teams and participants, particularly those under 16 year old. Appropriate age levels should be taken into account with any decision to participate by wearing black arm bands.