New Zealand’s tour of Australia postponed

New Zealand’s upcoming limited-overs tour of Australia has been postponed because of uncertainty over when the squad could return home due to the managed Isolation and Quarantine Rules.

The tour was scheduled to include three One Day Internationals (ODI) in Perth, Western Australia, and a one-off Twenty/20 International in Canberra. New Zealand’s One Day International series in Australia in early 2020 was abandoned when the pandemic broke out. A series was also postponed last season.

Travel into New Zealand is still restricted because of COVID-19, and all travellers, including citizens, have to spend ten days of managed isolation and quarantine on arrival.

Due to those rules, New Zealand were planning to send a squad to Australia without their Test players who would be preparing to face South Africa.

New Zealand Cricket and Cricket Australia drew up a proposal for the tour to be lengthened to allow the team to return to do their managed isolation quarantine in a manageable time, but New Zealand’s government confirmed today that it had no capacity to meet the request. It’s understood they were also denied an exemption to undertake home quarantine.

New Zealand Cricket’s Chief Executive Officer, David White said that the tour was initially scheduled after the New Zealand government announced its intention to relax Managed Isolation Quarantine restrictions relating to the Trans-Tasman border.