Australia vs Afghanistan: ODI series postponed due to increasing COVID in India
Crickets boards of Australia and Afghanistan reached a decision to postpone the One Day International (ODI) series scheduled in India.
The three ODIs between Australia and Afghanistan were scheduled ahead of ICC T20 World Cup. However, the tournament was shifted from India to United Arab Emirates (UAE) due to increasing cases of COVID-19 in India.
“The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) and Cricket Australia agreed to postpone the tour given the complexities of travel, quarantine periods and a finding a suitable location for the matches given the relocation of the T20 World Cup to the UAE,” the boards said in a statement.
“With the World Cup relocated from India to the UAE, the ACB will continue to explore the possibility of hosting a proposed T20 tri-series involving Australia and the West Indies.”
The India Premier League (IPL) was also postponed after several players and staff were tested positive. The IPL will resume from September 19 and will go on till October 15. It will now be played in UAE.
With the T20 World Cup drawing near, Australia still allowed its players to take part in the remaining matches of IPL and fulfill their contracts.
“No Objection Certificates will be granted to Australian players wishing to take part in the remaining upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) matches to be played in the UAE,” Cricket Australia said.
ICC T20 World Cup will take place in UAE and Oman from October 17 to November 14.
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