Zimbabwe tour to Australia postponed due to Covid-19 Pandemic
Zimbabwe tour to Australia has been postponed indefinitely due to ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic. It looks Zimbabwe will have to wait a little longer to tour Australia. Zimbabwe was scheduled to play three-match T20I series against Australia. Cricket Australia issued a formal press release that the series has been postponed.
Australia’s Head Coach Justin Langer also stated that his side was trying to resume cricket activities by September. Langer clearly said that series couldn’t take place due to Covid-19 situation in the country. The three-match one-day series was scheduled to take place in the month of August.
2003-04 was the last time when Zimbabwe played a bilateral series against Australia. The visitors played two-match Test series and then participated in a Tri-series featuring Australia and West Indies.
Cricket Australia clearly stated that the decision was made in the best interest of all the stakeholders involved in this process. The bio-secure measures would be necessary for any cricket to take place in the country. The concern included the health and safety of players, match referees and ground staff involved in the series.
Zimbabwe Cricket Interim Managing Director Givemore Makoni, “The side was very excited to tour Australia after a long time.” He said that cancelling the tour was the only sane option due to prevailing Covid-19 situation across the globe.
This is another big series lost by Zimbabwe national cricket team due to Covid-19 Pandemic. Their previous series against India was already postponed. Zimbabwe home series against Afghanistan in July and August is more likely to be postponed indefinitely.
On the other hand, Australia only played one match against New Zealand before the whole one-day series was called-off due to Covid-19 situation. Australia also cancelled their tour to Bangladesh. Australia might tour England if ECB and Cricket Australia can reschedule the series, which was originally scheduled to be played in the month of July.