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Australia- New Zealand ODI series called off amid coronavirus concerns

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14th March, 2020
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The three-match ODI series between Australia and New Zealand has been called off effective immediately.

The cancellation comes after the New Zealand government announced they would be tightening their borders in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

The final two matches of the series, scheduled to be held in Sydney on Sunday March 15 and Hobart on Friday March 20, will no longer go ahead.

It’s the second outright cancellation of an Australian sporting event, after the Melbourne Grand Prix was scrapped on Friday.

The Black Caps made the call to fly their squad home after New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a mandatory self-isolation period for anyone entering the country after midnight on Sunday, March 15.

The upcoming T20I series between the Black Caps and Australia in New Zealand, which was slated to start on Tuesday March 24 in Dunedin, has also been cancelled.

The news follows Cricket Australia’s decision to hold the first match of the series behind closed doors at the SCG on Friday, where Australia won by 71 runs.