New Zealand’s tour of Australia postponed due to covid restriction

New Zealand recently completed a home Test series against Bangladesh and will travel to Australia for a series beginning January 24. Australia recently won the Ashes 2021-22 by a 4-0 margin. Due to quarantine restrictions and border procedures in New Zealand, the New Zealand tour to Australia has been postponed. When the squad would be able to return home, there was a lack of certainty.

The NZC and CA proposed that the tour be extended so that the Blackcaps could come home “at a time more manageable for the MIQ process,” but the government stated that it did not have the capacity to do so. Both boards are now debating when the New Zealand-Australia series, which has been postponed, will be played.

CA CEO Nick Hockley stated that the team will continue to engage with New Zealand to reschedule the match.

“We are extremely disappointed that we will not be able to play the scheduled matches against New Zealand as planned,” CA CEO Nick Hockley said on Wednesday. “However, we will continue to work with New Zealand Cricket to reschedule the series. We congratulate NZC for making every attempt to make the series happen, but it is simply not possible at this moment due to a lack of assurance around return quarantine arrangements.”

“We understand that fans will be dissatisfied, and we appreciate their patience as we deal with the unique conditions that the global epidemic has created for everyone.”

“We are looking forward to welcoming Sri Lanka to Australia next month and will announce the series schedule as soon as possible.”

Three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and one Twenty-20 International (T20I) were scheduled between these two sides, but the tour was postponed due to the breakout of a new Covid strain. All inbound tourists in New Zealand are subject to a 10-day obligatory isolation period, according to NZC chief executive David White.

“As we now know, the arrival of Omicron spurred a change of heart on the part of the New Zealand government, culminating in a strict 10-day required isolation period for all incoming travellers,” he explained.

“NZC and CA had discussed the possibility of expanding the tour and delaying the squad’s return to New Zealand in the hopes of making it more feasible for the Government. We were informed this morning that they were unable to provide certainty on this.”

  • Setback for Cricket Australia

CA will lose millions of dollars in broadcasting rights with Fox Sports, which has an exclusive broadcast arrangement in Australia for white-ball cricket.

It’s another setback for CA, which has already seen its television rights cut by $40 million in the most recent UK deal, another $40 million in the current overseas deal, and $50 million in COVID-19 costs over the past several seasons. CA lost many million dollars when the last two one-day matches of a series against New Zealand were unable to be played at the onset of the COVID-19 epidemic in March 2020, despite the fact that the money might be recovered if the matches were rescheduled.

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