Australia postpone Afghanistan Test and NZ ODIs until 2021-22
September 25 2020
Afghanistan were scheduled to play a lone Test in Australia this year.
Cricket Australia, on Friday (September 25), confirmed the postponement of the Test match against Afghanistan and the three-match ODI series against New Zealand until the 2021-22 season. Both were scheduled for the upcoming summer in Australia.
The complexity of scheduling international matches amid the COVID-19 pandemic forced all three boards to postpone the matches, stated CA in a media release, adding that it is confident of finding "suitable windows for each postponed match to be played within the current FTP period that concludes in 2023."
"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 COVID-19 pandemic have eased," said Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia's Interim CEO.
"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."
Australia, meanwhile, will host India for a full series this summer. The series will include four Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is. CA also recently announced the schedule of four rounds of Sheffield Shield, which will precede the Big Bash League.
"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.
"CA would also like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful partners for their understanding and support as we have navigated the complexities of hosting international sport during a pandemic to deliver a thrilling summer across men's and women's cricket at international and domestic level," added Hockley.
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