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Australia-Zimbabwe ODI series postponed due to coronavirus pandemic

Cricket Australia said the two Boards came to the 'mutual conclusion' due to 'a combination of factors'

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Australia cricket team | Coronavirus | Zimbabwe

Press Trust of India  |  Melbourne 

Sydney Cricket Ground. Photo: @T20WorldCup
Sydney Cricket Ground. Zimbabwe have not visited Australia since the 2003-04 and in its last ODI meeting, the team from African nation had beaten Michael Clarke-captained side in a 2014 tri-series played in Harare. Photo: @T20WorldCup

The One-Day International series between Australia and was on Tuesday postponed by mutual agreement between the two boards due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The three-match series was to played in August but Australia is currently grappling with a fresh wave of Covid-19 cases. The country has recorded more than 7500 positive tests so far, of which a little over 7,000 have recovered with the death toll at 104 as of June 30.

Cricket Australia said the two Boards came to the "mutual conclusion" due to "a combination of factors."

"...including the short length of the series, the significant bio-security measures that would need to be implemented prior to August, and concern for the health and safety of players, match officials, and volunteers," read a CA statement.

CA interim chief Nick Hockley said given the factors, postponement seemed to be the right.

"While we are disappointed to postpone the series, CA and 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," Hockley said.
 

"We are committed to working with Cricket on alternative dates to reschedule."

Australia requires a mandatory 14-day quarantine period for international arrivals.

Zimbabwe have not visited Australia since the 2003-04 and in its last ODI meeting, the team from African nation had beaten Michael Clarke-captained side in a 2014 tri-series played in Harare.

"We were excited about facing Australia but, given the circumstances, deferring the tour was the only possible option," said Givemore Makoni, Zimbabwe Cricket's acting managing director.

"We are, however, looking forward to the rescheduling of the series as soon as practically possible.

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First Published: Tue, June 30 2020. 11:00 IST