Australia and New Zealand were locked in a three-game men’s ODI series in March when it was called off due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The first match of the series was played behind closed doors at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). Australia won that contest comprehensively by a margin of 71 runs. With almost no cricketing activity around the world taking place due to the pandemic, the cricket boards of Australia and New Zealand are now exploring the possibility of creating a constant stream of matches between the two neighbouring nations. Also Read - Coronavirus Cases in India Cross 1.9 Lakh-mark; Delhi Seals Border With UP, Haryana For 1 Week | Key Developments
The two governments planning to open up a corridor to allow quarantine-free travel, New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White discussed the possibility with his Cricket Australia counterpart Kevin Roberts. Also Read - Imran Khan Says it Was 'Mistake' to Enforce Strict Lockdown Even as COVID-19 Cases Cross 72,000-mark
“I’ve talked to Kevin Roberts about that. A Tasman bubble would be terrific if it did eventuate,” White told Sydney Morning Herald. Also Read - Coronavirus in Maharashtra: 2361 Cases, 76 Deaths in 24 Hours; Total Tally Crosses 70,000-mark
“…it would present some opportunities going forward. But I think the key is to keep an open mind and be flexible so if opportunities do arise we can take them.
“We haven’t talked specifics really. What we have talked about is conceptually the possibility of playing each other and that’s where we are at the moment.”
With the 13th IPL suspended indefinitely, the Test tour of Bangladesh abandoned and a limited-overs tour of England in July also likely to be called off, Australia will be without any cricket action this winter.
There are also doubts over the T20 World Cup scheduled to be held in October-November in Australia.
New Zealand’s home international summer is also uncertain with Pakistan and West Indies scheduled to tour for Tests and Sri Lanka in the shorter format.