New Zealand tour of Australia for limited-overs postponed due to quarantine issues: In a massive development, New Zealand’s tour of Australia for the limited-overs series has been postponed indefinitely due to the quarantine requirements. The two cricket boards confirmed the same, as there will be uncertainty over the return of the visitors due to the border restrictions put in place to prevent further transmission of the dreaded COVID.
Australia and New Zealand were scheduled to lock horns on January 30th, which apparently would have embarked on the beginning of the limited-overs series. The Trans-Tasman rivals were locked to play three ODI matches and a one-off T20I.
The tour will now be held at a later date, confirmed Cricket Australia.
“As we now know, the advent of Omicron prompted a change of heart from the NZ Government, resulting in a hard 10-day mandatory isolation period being imposed on all incoming travellers,” NZC Chief Executive David White said.
“NZC and CA had explored a proposal to expand the tour and the tour and to push out the date on which the squad might return to New Zealand in the hope that might be more achievable for the Government.”
“We are extremely disappointed that we won’t be able to play the scheduled matches against New Zealand as planned, however, we will continue to work with New Zealand Cricket to reschedule the series,” said Cricket Australia’s chief executive Nick Hockley.
Cricket Australia further assured to grant a complete refund to the match ticket holders and thanked them for understanding given the unique circumstances.
The re-worked match fixtures will be announced later.
Australia will now gear up to play a short T20I series against Sri Lanka, starting February 11. The two sides will lock horns in the five matches T20I series.