Last Update on: September 25th, 2020 at 02:25 pm
Cricket Australia, on Friday, postponed its historic one-off Test against Afghanistan and the ODI series against New Zealand. The cricket board has confirmed that Australia will only host India for the traditional four-Test series followed by the limited-overs, this summer. The decision to postpone the series’ has been taken in the wake of COVID-19 situation.
Cricket Australia, in an official statement said that, complexities surrounding international travel and quarantine requirements have also forced Cricket Australia to push back their proposed men’s ODI series against New Zealand until 2021-22.
The cricket board has released a schedule for 2020-21 season, subject to change, in which the one-off Test against Afghanistan was to have been played at Perth Stadium in late November. However, due to the rescheduling of Indian Premier League (IPL), it will be difficult for players to undergo the quarantine and take part in the series.
The three-match ODI series against New Zealand (which initially also included a T20I) was to have been staged in Adelaide, Canberra, Hobart and Sydney from late January. But according to a CA report, the board confirmed today that, following discussions with the Afghanistan and NZ cricket boards the decision had been made to delay those matches.
The decision was taken in mutual agreement with the other boards due to the complexity of scheduling international matches during the global coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier, the Australia’s planned two-Test tour to Bangladesh (last June), men’s ODI campaign against Zimbabwe (August) and West Indies (October) as well as the ICC T20 World Cup originally due to be staged in Australia from next month, had been postponed due to the pandemic situation.