Cricket Australia (CA) has postponed the only Test against Afghanistan and the one-day series against New Zealand on Friday, citing the complexity of the international match schedule during the global coronavirus epidemic. Australia hosted Afghanistan in Perth in November this year, while the New Zealand team was scheduled to arrive in January, but both have been postponed until the summer season next year (2022-22). The Covid-19 epidemic forced Australia to postpone the T20 World Cup, which was hosted by Australia this year.
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Cricket Australia wants to host matches with the Afghanistan Cricket Board and New Zealand Cricket at a time when pundits are declining due to the Covid-19 epidemic, CA interim CEO Nick Hawkeley told Cricket.com AU. The Indian Premier League will end on November 10 and many Australian and Afghan players are playing in the ongoing league in the UAE and will have difficulty completing the two-week mandatory quarantine once they arrive in Australia.
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According to CA, “We did our best to hold the series this summer, but in the face of international travel and segregation restrictions, all parties agreed to hold the series at a later date.” However, Hockey has confirmed that there is no threat of a scheduled tour of the Indian team led by Virat Kohli. He said CA is ready to welcome the Indian men’s team on the entire men’s tour this summer, it will be an interesting match in all three formats. The Indian team will play four Tests and three ODIs in the tour.