Zimbabwe’s three-match One Day International series in Australia has been postponed in light of the coronavirus outbreak which has impacted international cricket.
Australia was due to host Zimbabwe in ODIs on August 9, August 12 and August 15, with one match to be played in Townsville, but the two nations’ governing bodies confirmed on Tuesday morning that the series wouldn’t go ahead.
Australia appear to be set to tour England in September for a white ball series, which would also involve a mandatory 14-day self isolation upon arrival in the United Kingdom, thus making the Zimbabwe series awkward.
In a statement from Cricket Australia (CA) it was said that the postponement was due to a combination of factors including the short length of the series, the significant bio-security measures that would need to be implemented and concern for the health and safety of players, match officials and volunteers.
Interim CA CEO Nick Hockley said they were working to find new dates fort he series to proceed in the future.
“While we are disappointed to postpone the series, CA and ZC (Zimbabwe Cricket) agree that in the best interest of players, match officials, volunteers as well as our fans, that this is the most practical and sensible decision,” Hockley said.
“We are committed to working with Zimbabwe Cricket on alternative dates to reschedule.”
Zimbabwe haven’t toured Australia since the 2003-04 series when Matthew Hayden famously scored 380 in a Test match at the WACA Ground.
The African side, who are coached by Indian Lalchand Rajput nowadays, have fallen down the ICC Rankings in recent years, currently sitting 14th in ODI cricket.
Acting ZC Managing Director, Givemore Makoni said: “We were excited about facing Australia but, given the circumstances, deferring the tour was the only option.
“We are, however, looking forward to the rescheduling of the series as soon as practically possible.”