Cricket Australia have today postponed the Gillette One Day International series as the New Zealand team fly home prior to the implementation of tighter travel restrictions for those arriving in New Zealand which come into effect at midnight on Sunday.
This follows yesterday’s announcement that the series would be played without crowds present.
The second and third matches of this series, including Friday’s ODI at Blundstone Arena in Hobart, will not be going ahead.
Cricket Tasmania Chief Executive Dominic Baker said that the cancellation is the responsible decision to have made.
“The decision by the New Zealand team is the right one to make in the circumstances”, said Baker. “Day by day we are seeing the impact of coronavirus growing in our own state let alone Australia and the rest of the world, and we all need to be doing what is best in the short and long term.”
“Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket will look to reschedule this series down the track, and we will make sure Tasmania’s interests are heard through those discussions.”
Cricket Victoria yesterday advised that the Marsh Sheffield Shield fixture between Victoria and Tasmania (scheduled for 19-22 March) will proceed as planned at the CitiPower Centre in Melbourne, but in a closed venue environment.
“The decisions being made right across Australian cricket are putting the health and wellbeing of staff, officials, players and fans first. We will continue to work with Tasmanian health authorities on best practices for our sport, our venue and our people.”
Premier League and community cricket has continued in Tasmania this weekend with advice provided to clubs on increased hygiene practices.