Cricket: Three-game series between Australia and Zimbabwe cancelled because of COVID-19

Cricket Australia will try to reschedule its one-day series with Zimbabwe after the three-match tour scheduled for August was postponed by mutual agreement due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The three matches were set to be played in Australia‘s far north, including a first-ever international match in Townsville. The other two games were likely to be played in Darwin.

“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 interim chief executive Nick Hockley said in a statement.

“We are committed to working with Zimbabwe Cricket on alternative dates to reschedule.”

A combination of factors including the short length of the series and the significant biosecurity measures that would need to be implemented contributed to the decision to postpone.

Matthew Hayden on his way to a world record 380 runs against Zimbabwe.Source:News Limited

Australia still requires a mandatory 14-day quarantine period for international arrivals.

There were also concerns for the health and safety of players, match officials and volunteers, with the pandemic yet to be fully contained in Australia.

Australia hasn’t played since the abandoned one-day series against New Zealand in March and already cancelled a Test tour of Bangladesh. But there are still hopes of a white-ball tour of England possibly in September.

The International Cricket Council is yet to make a call on whether the T20 World Cup, scheduled for October and November in Australia, will go ahead. But it’s increasingly unlikely.

It’s understood, however, India’s Test tour of Australia will go ahead this summer.

Zimbabwe hasn’t visited Australia since the 2003-04 summer when Matthew Hayden scored a then world-record score of 380 in Perth.

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