Australia’s T20I tour New Zealand called off due to COVID-19 restrictions

The Australian team was scheduled to tour New Zealand in March 2022 to play 3 T20 International matches. The series with Australia’s Test matches in Pakistan would have overlapped.

The initial tour schedule had the 1st two T20Is at the venue of Wellington Regional Stadium. However, on 27th January 2022, New Zealand Cricket announced a change tour, with all matches being moved to McLean Park. However, on 09th February 2022, the tour was scrapped after there was no managed isolation quarantine (MIQ) spots available for the Australian team.

Australia’s T20I tour New Zealand

New Zealand Cricket and Australia Cricket have agreed to scrap the series scheduled to be played over 4 days in Napier in mid-March 2022.
New Zealand Cricket has decided to move New Zealand’s T20I with the Netherlands on 25th March 2022 to Napier’s McLean Park, previously it was scheduled to be played at Bay Oval in Tauranga.
Australia’s T20I was originally scheduled under the assumption that the New Zealand government was set to relax managed isolation quarantine rules for travelers from Australia but restrictions remain in place and have already forced the postponement of New Zealand’s 4-match limited-overs tour of Australia that was scheduled to start on 30th January 2022.

AUS vs NZ T20I Schedule

1st T20I 17th March 2022 Australia vs New Zealand McLean Park, Napier
2nd T20I 18th March 2022 Australia vs New Zealand McLean Park, Napier
3rd T20I 19th March 2022 Australia vs New Zealand McLean Park, Napier

AUS vs NZ T20I Series

The AUS vs NZ tour was scheduled to run concurrently with Australia’s Test tour of Pakistan. New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said the called off Australia’s tour was inevitable given the restrictions at the border.

At the time we scheduled the visit, there was a lot of hope that the trans-Tasman border would be open for those who met the right criteria.

However, the advent of Omicron has, unfortunately, changed everything at the border, and has made it impossible for us to continue with the series.

It’s disappointing – but we know it’s the same for businesses and individuals and other sports, and we’re grateful for the international schedule we have, White said in a statement

Also Read – New Zealand vs Australia Team Squad 

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