New Zealand are hoping to stage international cricket games for other countries after finally becoming coronavirus free. New Zealand have lifted almost all of its coronavirus restrictions after reporting no active cases in the country. Earlier this week, all of New Zealand moved to level one, the lowest of a four-tier alert system.
Under new rules, social distancing is not required and there are no limits on public gatherings, but borders remain closed to foreigners. New Zealand have reported no new Covid-19 cases for more than two weeks.
And with the country now virus free, they are hoping to conduct matches for all countries still affected by the pandemic. England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Tom Harrison had said in April that New Zealand had offered to explore the possibility of hosting matches depending on the situation.
New Zealand Cricket Players’ Association chief executive Heath Mills has confirmed that they’re in talks to help the game globally.
“Anything we could do down here to help would be a good thing for the game globally.
“I could see New Zealand operating as a neutral venue, that’s a definite possibility. I know New Zealand cricket have been in contact with the ECB, and others, about the potential for that to happen this summer,” Mills told the I Newspaper.
He further said that while nothing has been confirmed yet, New Zealand would be willing to play its part in the game’s revival.
“Nothing has been confirmed but I know there would be a willingness, certainly on the part of New Zealand, to do what it could,” he said.
The pandemic pandemic has halted cricket across the world. The ODI between New Zealand and Australia on March 13 was the last international game. International cricket can resume next month if everything goes well as England are gearing up to play the three-match Test series against West Indies.
The series will be played in a bio-secure environment. In a major boost to the series, no West Indies player has been tested positive.