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Australia v New Zealand T20 tour cancelled due to border concerns


Australia’s tour of New Zealand has been scrapped. Picture: Michael Steele-ICC/ICC via Getty Images
Australia’s tour of New Zealand has been scrapped. Picture: Michael Steele-ICC/ICC via Getty Images

Australia’s upcoming T20 series against New Zealand has been cancelled due to concerns around New Zealand’s border restrictions.

Australia had been due to play three matches across the ditch on March 17, 18 and 20, but the New Zealand government’s decision to delay the relaxation of its hard border has forced the matches to be scrapped.

The matches were set to be New Zealand’s first chance to avenge last year’s T20 World Cup final heartbreak.

Australia won’t meet the old foe next month after all. Picture: Michael Steele-ICC/ICC via Getty Images
Australia won’t meet the old foe next month after all. Picture: Michael Steele-ICC/ICC via Getty Images

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Wednesday’s cancellation comes after New Zealand pulled out of its limited overs tour of Australia, originally set to wrap up on Tuesday, for similar reasons.

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said his hands, and those of Cricket Australia, were tied.

“At the time we scheduled the visit there was a lot of hope that the trans-Tasman border would be open for those who met the right criteria,” he said.

“However, the advent of Omicron has, unfortunately, changed everything at the border and has made it impossible for us to continue with the series.

“It’s disappointing – but we know it’s the same for businesses and individuals and other sports, and we’re grateful for the international schedule we have.”

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