COVID-19: NZC postpone Australian tours following travel restrictions

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New Zealand has scrapped the home series against Australia following the strong Government directives to deal with the COVID-19 spread.

The New Zealand Government tightened its border restrictions and included Australia on the list of countries from which those entering New Zealand would be subjected to a mandatory 14-day self-isolation period, New Zealand Cricket has stated.

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This new border restriction is to come into effect tomorrow (Sunday).

“A consequence of this is that we need to get our team back to New Zealand before the restriction is imposed, meaning it will not be able to participate in the two remaining Chappell-Hadlee fixtures,” stated NSC.

Arrangements are being made to fly the bulk of the squad home this evening.

This development also means the three-match T20I series scheduled for New Zealand cannot proceed as the mandatory self-isolation period would also apply to the Australian squad as soon as it crossed the border into New Zealand.

NZC believes both these series can be replayed in their entirety at a later and more appropriate date.

NZC understands and supports the government’s position. This is a time of unprecedented risk and peril, and the personal health and well-being of our players is paramount.

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Shah Rukh Khan, who attended the meeting as the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) co-owners, said that the BCCI will take all the measures for the prevention of Covid-19 and expressed hope  that the virus subsides and the league resumes quickly.

In a series of tweets, the Hindi cinema superstar also that safety of the spectators, player and management was the top priority.

“Wonderful to meet all the Franchise owners ‘off the field’ so to say. The meeting by @Bcci and @ipl was to reiterate what all of us feel…safety first of the spectators, players management & cities we play in. All directives of the health agencies & Govt to be followed,” Sharukh Khan wrote.

Sharukh Khan further added, “I hope the spread of the virus subsides & the show can go on. BCCI & team owners in consultation with the Govt will keep a close watch & decide the way fwd in the health interest of ever1. Lovely 2 meet every1 & then sanitize ourselves repeatedly.@SGanguly99@JayShah #BPatel.”

All eyes will, however, be on the outcome of the Sports Business NewsGoverning Council, which is meeting in Mumbai today.