Since the ABL is still facing challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the league has decided to cancel the 2021/2022 season and focus on 2022/2023.
According to chief of Baseball Australia, Glenn Williams, it was a very hard decision, but it was made with the league’s future and sustainability in mind. “There is still too much uncertainty around Australia’s ongoing COVID restrictions for us to be able to operate a successful ABL season,” Williams said.
Last month, the start of the season was pushed back to December already. Earlier, the Auckland Tuatara announced to pull back for the 2021/2022 season. With an early February deadline to wrap up the season and a large number of unknowns due to COVID the challenge of completing a season was becoming more and more complex.
Williams also stated : “Our goal over the coming years is to build a thriving and sustainable ABL to ensure it regains a strong position in the Australian sporting landscape and remains as one of the best baseball leagues in the world. For this to happen we need financially strong teams.”