New Zealand’s tour of Australia postponed due to border protocols

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New Zealand’s tour of Australia has been postponed indefinitely due to uncertainty of the COVID-19 and border protocols.

Both involved boards- Cricket Australia (CA) and New Zealand Cricket (NZC) will now work on rescheduling the white ball series.

NZC chief executive David White said: “As we now know, the advent of Omicron prompted a change of heart from the NZ Government, resulting in a hard 10-day mandatory isolation period being imposed on all incoming travellers.

“NZC and CA had explored a proposal to expand the tour and to push out the date on which the squad might return to New Zealand in the hope that it might be more achievable for the Government. Unfortunately, we received advice this morning that they could not provide certainty over this.”

Nick Hockley, CA CEO, said: “We are extremely disappointed that we won’t be able to play the scheduled matches against New Zealand as planned, however, we will continue to work with New Zealand Cricket to reschedule the series.

“We thank NZC, who made every effort to make the series happen, however, because they were unable to get certainty over return quarantine arrangements, it is simply just not possible at this time.

“We know fans will be disappointed and thank them for their understanding given the unique circumstances that the global pandemic presents for everyone.

“We look forward to welcoming Sri Lanka to Australia next month and will confirm the schedule for that series as soon as possible.”

The Black Caps were due to leave for Australia on January 24 and they were scheduled to play Australia in three ODIs and one-off T20I starting January 30.

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