Cricket Australia announced on Wednesday that Australia’s three-T20I tour of New Zealand, which was set to begin next month in Napier, has been cancelled. The brief series was planned with the assumption that the New Zealand government would remove restrictions at the Trans-Tasman border, but this was not the case. The two boards—CA and NZC—decided to cancel the series because the government’s preparations had been significantly delayed, and there was no mandatory isolation and quarantine (MIQ) housing ready for the Australian team upon their planned arrival in New Zealand.

On March 17, 18, and 20, Australia was scheduled to play three games in New Zealand. As a result of the postponement, the Netherlands’ one-off T20I on March 25 will now be played at Napier’s McLean Park rather than Tauranga’s Bay Oval.

According to cricbuzz, NZC CEO David White says, “There was a lot of optimism when we booked the visit that the trans-Tasman frontier would be accessible to anyone who met the proper conditions. Unfortunately, the arrival of Omicron has altered everything at the border, making it difficult for us to continue with the series. It’s frustrating, but we understand that companies, people, and other sports have similar challenges, and we’re thankful for the worldwide calendar we have.”