At 4.30pm NZT this afternoon, the New Zealand Government tightened its border restrictions and included Australia on the list of countries from which those entering New Zealand would be subjected to a mandatory 14-day self-isolation period.
This new border restriction is to come into effect tomorrow at midnight (10pm Sydney time).
A consequence of this is that we need to get our team back to New Zealand before the restriction is imposed, meaning it will not be able to participate in the two remaining Chappell-Hadlee fixtures.
Arrangements are being made to fly the bulk of the squad home this evening.
This development also means the three-match T20I series scheduled for New Zealand cannot proceed as the mandatory self-isolation period would also apply to the Australian squad as soon as it crossed the border into New Zealand.
NZC believes both these series can be replayed in their entirety at a later and more appropriate date.
NZC understands and supports the government’s position. This is a time of unprecedented risk and peril, and the personal health and well-being of our players is paramount.
**Please note: All ticket holders to the postponed three-match T20I series that was to be held here in New Zealand will receive a full refund. Tickets purchased by credit or debit card will be refunded in full (including ticket insurance premium, if relevant) and patrons do not need to take any action. Patrons should allow up to 30 working days for the refund to appear in their account. We ask customers to look out for an email from Ticketek with all the details.