Cricket Australia (CA) on Friday (25th September) announced that the one-off home Test match against minnows Afghanistan and three home ODIs against New Zealand will be postponed until the 2021-22 season. The matches had originally been scheduled for 2020-21, however, the difficulty of scheduling international matches amidst the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the three boards mutually agreeing to the need to postpone the matches.
CA however is confident that it will find suitable slots for each postponed match to be played within the current Future Tours Program period that ends in 2023. Australia will host India for four Tests and three ODIs this summer in a series starting from December 3 that will entertain audiences across the globe.
Cricket Australia Looks Forward To Work With Afghanistan And New Zealand Cricket Boards
Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia’s Interim CEO, said they will look forward to playing with Afghanistan and New Zealand in the near future. Afghanistan was scheduled to play its first test against Australia in Australia while New Zealand’s tour to Australia was earlier postponed and cancelled after the first ODI which Australia won.
“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,” he added.
New Zealand toured Australia but could play only 1 ODI which Australia won by 71 runs. Pat Cummins and Mitchell Marsh picked up 3 wickets apiece. The remaining two ODIs were cancelled as cricket was not played for 5 months.
Nick Hockley Believes Bilateral Series Against India Will Be Incredible
Nick Hockley believes that the contest against the Indian team will be an incredible one across all three formats.
“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 an international and domestic level.”
India will play Australia in 4 tests commencing on December 3 in Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney which will be followed by 3 ODIs at Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. According to the present schedule, the tour will end in 17th January, 2021.