New Zealand shortest format tour to Australia called off
New Zealand tour to Australia for a shortest format series in the early phase of 2021 has been postponed. Due to the the quarantine requirements at both ends of the tour , the New Zealand authority found it difficult to commence prior to the schedule. Meanwhile, the home international summer has got government approval.
The international summer has been confirmed after considering all the prerequisites for the home and touring teams. New Zealand are scheduled to play against West Indies and Pakistan at the initial stage and will be playing against Bangladesh in the later part. While Pakistan and West Indies are due to play two Tests and three T20s, Bangladesh slated for a limited-overs tour. Before this, Australia announced their summer schedule to play with four nations and Australia tour got postponed.
“It’s a huge boost for us, it’s our financial lifeline,” NZC CEO David White said. “International cricket funds the whole game in New Zealand so it’s very important. It won’t come cheap, we’ll be footing the bill, but we are happy to do that.”
Meanwhile, the postponed Australia series had schedule of three ODIs and a single T20, which was initially scheduled to take place from late January. Before this, New Zealand’s one-day series in Australia earlier this year was curtailed by the Covid-19 after one match played and two matches called off.
“That 14-day managed isolation at both sides of the Tasman is a challenge,” White said. “We’ve worked with Cricket Australia on that will be fulfilling our obligations the following year.”