FULL TEXT: Cricket Australia statement on Gabba floodlight failure during BBL game
The Gabba BBL clash was abandoned due to power grid failure. (Image: @BBL)

Cricket Australia (CA) has responded swiftly to investigate the reasons for a floodlight failure during the Big Bash League game at the Gabba with hardly a week to go for the day-night Test between Australia and Sri Lanka.

The match between Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder on Thursday evening was abandoned after the lights went out in parts of the ground, leaving players and fans fuming.

CA and Queensland Cricket said that ticket-holders from the abandoned fixture complimentary tickets to attend next week’s day-night Test.

In a statement released Friday, CA’s 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 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.’’