Three-match ODI series in August delayed because of well-being concerns and severe bio-safety efforts required.
Australia’s one-day series with Zimbabwe in August has been delayed. They shared understanding because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cricket Australia declared today.
The three-match visit had been booked for August 9-15. It would have denoted the finish of 12-year nonattendance of universal cricket in Australia’s far north.
Zimbabwe are right now positioned fourteenth in the International Cricket Council’s ODI group rankings, behind the Netherlands and Oman.
A constrained overs voyage through England in September could rather be arrival to activity for Australia’s men’s side. There were conversations between the two countries continuous about rescheduling a crusade. It had initially been scheduled for ahead of schedule one month from now.
The now deferred Zimbabwe series would have denoted the first since forever visit by a senior Australian men’s group to Townsville’s Riverway Stadium, where the third match of the arrangement was to be played. While Darwin had been glided as a potential scene for the other two matches. Australia’s senior team have not visited Darwin since a preparation camp in 2017 in front of a visit to Bangladesh.
A CA proclamation said a blend of components including the short length of the arrangement and the critical bio-safety efforts that would should be executed added to the choice to defer.
Australia requires a 14-day isolate period for international appearances
There were likewise worries for the well-being and security of players, coordinate authorities and volunteers.
The deferment accompanies Victoria enduring a ‘second rush’ of COVID-19 cases in the state. It saw the Queensland government report a 14-day isolate period for its brandishing teams.
As of Monday, Queensland had only two dynamic COVID-19 cases while the Northern Territory had none, and has had only 30 affirmed cases altogether.
“While we are disappointed to postpone the series, CA and Zimbabwe Cricket agree that in the best interest of players, match officials, volunteers as well as our fans, that this is the most practical and sensible decision,” CA’s interim chief executive Nick Hockley said in a statement.
“We are committed to working with Zimbabwe Cricket on alternative dates to reschedule.”
Zimbabwe have not visited Australia since the 2003-04 summer when they played two Tests. It includes Matthew Hayden’s then world-record score of 380 – and highlighted in an ODI tri-series with India.
Their last gathering in ODI cricket saw Zimbabwe spring an agitated success in a 2014 tri-series played in Harare when the Michael Clarke-captained side could just arrive at 9-209 out of 50 overs, an objective that was pursued down with two overs to save.