Cricket Australia has confirmed that Australia will not be touring their neighbors for their scheduled February Tour. Australia is to take part in 3 match ODI series followed by a lone T20I, however, a change in the quarantine rules meant that the series had to be postponed.
Nick Hockley, the CEO of CA said that he is “extremely disappointed” with the series being postponed. “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,” said Hockly to Cricket.com.au
After their last year’s defeat to India at their Gabba Fortress, followed by a disappointing tour to Bangladesh, Australia has turned around their fortunes. Not only did they win the T20 World Cup but hammered England by 4- 0 in the recent Ashes at home.
New Zealand too, was coming off a great performance from last year’s T20 campaign where they reached the finals. They lost to India in India. Bangladesh surprised them in the first test but the black caps leveled the series with a win in the second match which was also the farewell match for Ross Taylor from the Test arena.
Due to the emergence of the Omicron variant, the black caps have set up a managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) system which is a 10-day mandatory period for all the visiting teams. Both the boards wanted to accommodate the MIQ requirement by extending the length of the tour but did not receive a nod from the NZ government.