Cricket Australia postpones Afghanistan Test, NZ ODIs until 2021-22


Karachi: Cricket Australia (CA) has postponed a one-off Test against Afghanistan and the three-match ODI series against New Zealand until 2021-22.

CA on Friday released a press-release and cited the complexity of scheduling international matches during the global COVID-19 pandemic was the key factor of holding the series till next summer.

Australia were to host Afghanistan later this year at Perth in November while the Kiwis were to arrive in January 2021.

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CA’s interim chief executive officer Nick Hockley confirmed that there was no threat to the scheduled tour of the Indian Cricket team.

“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 COVID19 pandemic have eased,” Hockley said.

“We all worked incredibly hard to make the series happen this summer, but the challenges around international travel and quarantine restrictions ultimately convinced all parties that the series would need to be played at a later date,” he added.

“CA looks forward to welcoming the Indian men’s team for a full schedule of matches this summer in what promises to be an incredible contest across all three formats.” he maintained.

It must be noted that India is scheduled to play a four-Test series, starting December 3 in Brisbane, and a three-match ODI series.

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