Chappell-Hadlee series dies down amid New Zealand quarantine concerns
Quarantine requirements and New Zealand border controls have seen the Chappell-Hadlee ODI series and a T20 match postponed indefinitely, it was confirmed today.
Australia and New Zealand were due to play three ODIs on January 30 and February 2 and 5, and a single T20 match on February 8.
This is the third summer in a row that Australia and New Zealand have postponed white ball matches due to the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning there is currently no international schedule of a day for the Australian men’s team this summer.
A change in position by the New Zealand government to impose a mandatory 10-day quarantine in response to the Omicrom wave of COVID-19 infections meant that Cricket New Zealand could not guarantee that Black Caps players would be allowed back in. the country.
The series was due to make the final visit to retired New Zealand great Ross Taylor, who signed Test cricket earlier this month in spectacular fashion with a wicket on his last ball.
Australia currently remain scheduled to play a three-game T20 series in New Zealand between March 17-20. It remains to be seen whether this streak will continue, which, should the current restrictions remain in place, would mean the unpleasant prospect of 10 days. in quarantine for a four-day tour.
CA and New Zealand officials had discussed the possibility of rescheduling those matches on Australian soil to push back the date the Black Caps would seek to return home in hopes of either an easing of restrictions or a increased availability in overcrowded managed isolation locations across the country. and quarantine system (MIQ).
NZC chief executive David White said: “As we now know, the advent of Omicron caused a change of heart from the New Zealand government, resulting in the imposition of a lockdown period. mandatory 10-day isolation for all incoming travellers.
“NZC and CA had explored a proposal to extend the tour and push back the date when the team could return to New Zealand in the hope that this might be more feasible for the government.
“Unfortunately we were advised this morning that they could not provide certainty on this.”
The T20 match in Canberra would have been a rematch of last November’s T20 World Cup final where Australia beat the Black Caps to claim their first men’s trophy in the event.
Australia’s next currently scheduled matches then are a five-match T20 series against the Sri Lankans due to start in Sydney on February 11.
CA chief executive Nick Hockley hinted there could be changes to that timeline, with the possibility of it being extended to be explored.
“We are extremely disappointed that we will not be able to play the scheduled matches against New Zealand as planned, but we will continue to work with New Zealand Cricket to reschedule the series.
“We thank NZC, who have done everything possible to make the series happen, but because they have not been able to obtain certainty on the return quarantine arrangements, it is simply not possible at this time. .
“We know fans will be disappointed and thank them for their understanding given the unique circumstances the global pandemic presents for everyone.
“We look forward to welcoming Sri Lanka to Australia next month and will confirm the schedule for this series as soon as possible.”
The Black Caps would have sent a private team of their main Test stars had it happened, with a Test series against South Africa coming in February.
Australian Test stars with BBL contracts have returned to their Big Bash clubs for the final stages of the season, while others will rest ahead of the Marsh Sheffield Shield resumption.
Australia men’s matches postponed during pandemic
March 2020: 2 x ODI against New Zealand
June 2020: 2 x Tests against Bangladesh *
August 2020: 3 x ODI against Zimbabwe
October 2020: 3 x T20Is against the West Indies
November 2020: 1 x Test against Afghanistan
Jan-Feb 2021: 3 x ODI and 1 x T20I against New Zealand
Feb-March 2021: 3 x tests against South Africa*
November 2021: 1 x Test against Afghanistan
Jan-Feb 2022: 3 x ODI and 1 x T20I against New Zealand