Australia postpone Zimbabwe one-day series in August

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30 Jun 2020 | 06:08 AM
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Australia postpone Zimbabwe one-day series in August

The games were to have been played on August 9, 12 and 15

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Australia on Tuesday (30 June) postponed the one-day international series against Zimbabwe in August, the latest sporting fixtures to fall victim to the coronavirus pandemic.

Citing "concern for the health and safety of players, match officials, and volunteers", Cricket Australia announced the three-match series would not go ahead.

"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," said Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley.

"We are committed to working with Zimbabwe Cricket on alternative dates to reschedule", he added.

Acting Zimbabwe Cricket Managing Director, Givemore Makoni, said: 

“We were excited about facing Australia but, given the circumstances, deferring the tour was the only option. We are, however, looking forward to the rescheduling of the series as soon as practically possible,” he said. 

The games were to have been played on August 9, 12 and 15. It would have been Zimabwe's first tour to Australia for a bilateral engagement since taking part in a tri-series in 2004. Due to the coronavirus, Zimbabwe have been hit badly with their team losing tours of Ireland, Afghanistan and India.

Under current Australian regulations, the Zimbabwean team would likely have had to endure a 14-day quarantine when entering the country, and possible further isolation when travelling across state boundaries within Australia.

Cricket Australia will continue to seek advice from medical experts and relevant government agencies to ensure the health and safety of our people, volunteers and communities.

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