New Zealand Cricket (NZC) announced on Tuesday that Bangladesh, Pakistan, Australia and West Indies will tour New Zealand during their home season despite the fear of contagion of COVID-19.
The NZC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) David White confirmed the upcoming tours while adding that isolation arrangements are currently being worked out for the visiting teams.“We’re making tremendous progress. I was just on the phone to the West Indies, they’re confirmed, Pakistan is confirmed, Australia and Bangladesh. So, 37 days of international cricket,” White told reporters in Auckland.
“The White Ferns will tour Australia in September and then the Australia Women's team will tour New Zealand in February. We are just working through the content but probably five ODIs and three T20Is,” he added.
Even though White didn’t confirm the schedules of the mentioned tours but announced that they would follow the bio-secure bubble model deployed in England.
“We’ll just be held up for a week or two while we work with the government agencies on the isolation but they've been extremely supportive,” he said.
While international cricket resumed back in July with England hosting the West Indies for a three-match Test series, New Zealand are yet to play any international match since their ODI series in Australia, which was called off in March in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak.
New Zealand are scheduled to host West Indies and Pakistan for Test and T20I series and Bangladesh for ODIs and T20Is, and Australia for a short series as per the current FTP.