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Upcoming Dettol Men’s ODI and T20I series between Australia and New Zealand has been postponed

New Zealand players celebrate a wicket
New Zealand players celebrate a wicket
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New Zealand’s men’s white-ball tour to Australia, scheduled for January 24 - February 9, has been postponed until further notice due to New Zealand’s border controls, quarantine requirements and the resulting uncertainty over when the squad would be able to return to New Zealand.

Cricket Australia (CA) and New Zealand Cricket (NZC) will discuss when the postponed fixtures can be played.

CA will confirm the schedule for the Dettol T20 Internationals against Sri Lanka in coming days.

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.”

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 might be more achievable for the Government. Unfortunately, we received advice this morning that they could not provide certainty over this.”

 

Ticket purchasers for all matches that have been postponed will be fully refunded and will be contacted directly by the relevant ticket agent.

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