Zimbabwe’s tour of Australia for 3 One-Day internationals in August has grow to be the latest sporting fixture to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The matches have been to have been performed on August 9, 12 and 15 however citing “concern for the health and safety of players, match officials, and volunteers”, Cricket Australia introduced the sequence wouldn’t go forward as deliberate earlier. However, the board mentioned they might re-work the schedule.
“While we are disappointed to postpone the series, (Cricket Australia) 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,” mentioned Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley.
“We are committed to working with Zimbabwe Cricket on alternative dates to reschedule”, he added.
Zimbabwe Cricket, in the meantime, mentioned there was no different possibility.
“We were excited about facing Australia but, given the circumstances, deferring the tour was the only possible option,” mentioned Givemore Makoni, Zimbabwe Cricket’s appearing managing director.
“We are, however, looking forward to the rescheduling of the series as soon as practically possible.”
Zimbabwe would have had to endure a 14-day quarantine when getting into Australia, and doable additional isolation when touring throughout state boundaries inside Australia.
The final time Zimbabwe visited Australia was again in 2003-04. The final time the 2 groups met in One-Day International cricket was in 2014 when Zimbabwe had upset Australia, successful by three wickets. Australia had managed solely 209 for 9 batting first in that match in Harare, with Zimbabwe chasing it down with three wickets and two overs to spare.