Australia and New Zealand’s planned over-the-counter tours were suspended following the latest travel regulations declared by the New Zealand government on Saturday aimed at preventing coronavirus spread.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Saturday that anyone entering the country from midnight on Sunday will be self-isolated for 14 days in an attempt to control the epidemic.
The proposed rules implied that the New Zealand cricket team must return home from their latest Australian tour, the national sports association confirmed.
“This change also implies that the three-game T20I series scheduled for New Zealand can not start as the compulsory self-isolation time will also extend to the Australian squad as soon as it crossed the boundary into New Zealand,” Cricket said in a statement.
“NZC claims that all of these shows should be replayed in their entirety at a later and more fitting time.”
It was not known if New Zealand bowler Lockie Ferguson will return home with the team, having been quarantined for a coronavirus check after complaining of a sore throat following a day of international play against Australia on Friday.
Earlier on Saturday, NZC reported that Ferguson had been put in isolation at a team hotel for 24 hours in compliance with prescribed health protocols.
“As long as the test reports are obtained and confirmed, his return to the team will be decided,” NZC said in a statement.
Australia defeated New Zealand by 71 runs in the first ODI in front of 48,000 vacant seats at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday as a measure to avoid coronavirus outbreak from reaching Down Under shelter.
Australia pacemaker Kane Richardson was also quarantined after registering a sore throat on Thursday, but was cured of the virus and was able to reach the SCG teammates on Friday.