Maiden Test between Australia and Afghanistan called-off
Cricket Australia on Friday confirmed that the board has called off the first ever Test match between Australia and Afghanisthan.
The COVID-19 pandemic situation across the world has made a big impact in the cricketing world too. Since March 2020, there have been more postponments and cancellations of International series as well as T20 leagues. Now only things are coming back to normal slowly.
Still, the postponement of matches continues, as Cricket Australia postponed the one-off Test against Afghanisthan and three-match ODI series against New Zealand. Due to this Australia and Afghanisthan have to wait for some more time for the maiden Test between both teams.
Cricket Australia termed “complexity of scheduling international matches during the global coronavirus pandemic” as the reason for the cancellation of the Perth Test.
Originally the Test match was scheduled to play in November. Due to the reschduling of the Indian Premier League, Australian players will be back to the country in November only. Then they have to go under two-weeks mandatory quarantine before any games. Due to this time complexity issue, the Perth Test has been called-off for now.
“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,” Cricket Australia’s Interim CEO, Nick Hockley said.
Anyhow, he also confirmed once again that proposed India’s tour of Australia will happen as per plan.The Australian men’s team will still host India for four Tests, three One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals through December and January.