Australia postpone ODI series against Zimbabwe
Australia will not be hosting Zimbabwe for an ODI series in August after the three 50-over fixtures were postponed due to the coronavirus crisis.
Cricket Australia confirmed that the series would not be held owing to the "concern for the health and safety of players, match officials, and volunteers".
"While we are disappointed to postpone the series, [Cricket Australia] and [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," Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley stated.
"We are committed to working with Zimbabwe Cricket on alternative dates to reschedule", he added.
The three matches would have been Zimbabwe's first bilateral encounter in Australia since the 2003-04 tour Down Under.
The stipulated dates for the three ODIs were August 9, 12 and 15 but the two teams' wait for a dose of international cricket has been extended.
Under current regulations in place by the Australian government, Zimbabwe's touring party would have had to endure a 14-day isolation period after entering its borders and further quarantine measures when travelling across state boundaries. These logistical challenges could also lead to the deferment of the T20 World Cup in Australia this year.
Earlier, Zimbabwe's prospects of ODI contests with high-profile teams were dealt another blow when India decided against sending their team to the African nation over Covid-19 concerns.