Christchurch: The New Zealand Cricket (NZC) on Wednesday announced postponement of its upcoming tour of Australia.
Initially scheduled for January 24-February 9, the tour was postponed until further notice due to New Zealand’s strict border controls and quarantine requirements.
The NZC in a statement said: “Despite a proposal from New Zealand Cricket and Cricket Australia to extend the length of the tour so that the Black Caps could return home at a time more manageable for the MIQ process, the Government confirmed today it had no capacity to meet the request.”
NZC chief executive David White said : “As we now know, the advent of Omicron prompted a change of strategy from the Government, resulting in a hard 10-day mandatory isolation period being imposed on all incoming travellers.”
NZC and CA earlier explored a proposal to expand the tour and to push out the date on which the squad might return to New Zealand, in the hope it be more achievable for the Government.
“But we received advice this morning that they could not provide certainty over this, either.
“Discussions are now continuing with Cricket Australia (CA) over when the postponed fixtures will be played.”