Australia decides to postpone the Test series against Afghanistan and the ODI series against New Zealand.
Cricket Australia has decided to postpone more of their upcoming tours amid COVID-19. With that, their Test match series against Afghanistan and the ODI series against New Zealand until the 2021-2022 season has been affected as well.
As per CA interim CEO Nick Hockley, ‘Cricket Australia looks forward to working with our good friends at the Afghanistan Cricket Board and New Zealand Cricket to deliver the matches at a time when, hopefully, the restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic have eased’.
‘We all worked incredibly hard to make the series happen this summer, but the challenges around international travel and quarantine restrictions ultimately convinced all parties that the series would need to be played at a later date’, he added.
The postponement of the two series had also been agreed upon by the two other boards. For now, they are still looking for suitable window schedules for the postponed matches. This is in order for them to be played within the FTP period that concludes in 2023.
Despite the postponements, Australia will still continue to host a full series against India which comprises four Tests, three ODIs, and three T20Is. The resumption of this tour has already been confirmed by the board as well. As Hockley says, ‘CA looks forward to welcoming the Indian men's team for a full schedule of matches this summer in what promises to be an incredible contest across all three formats’.
‘CA would also like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful partners for their understanding and support as we have navigated the complexities of hosting international sport during a pandemic to deliver a thrilling summer across men's and women's cricket at international and domestic level’, he added.
Aside from the Indian match series, Australia will also see the resumption of four rounds of the Sheffield Shield that precedes the kick-off of the Big Bash League. To learn more about this league, visit Betwala.
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