Spectators will be allowed for 5th T20I if Wellington’s Alert Level is relaxed, says NZC

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New Zealand Cricket on Tuesday announced that the order of Sunday’s T20I double header at Wellington’s Sky Stadium has been reversed. As a result, New Zealand’s men’s team will be facing Australia in the start of the day & the women’s team will play against England later in the afternoon.

“The decision follows discussions between New Zealand Cricket and Cricket Australia and will allow the Australia squad to catch a charter flight home immediately after the game – and avoid having to transit through Auckland,” NZC said in an official statement. “Should Wellington’s Alert Level status be relaxed ahead of Sunday’s doubleheader, a crowd will be allowed inside the venue,” it added.

On Monday, New Zealand Cricket had announced that the final T20I of the five match T20I series between New Zealand & Australia has been shifted to Wellington from Bay Oval. The final T20I of the three match Women’s series will also be played in Wellington. Earlier it was confirmed that the third & fourth T20Is between New Zealand & Australia will now be played behind closed doors.

The first & second T20I in the women’s series will also be played behind closed doors following the change in New Zealand’s alert levels in view of the COVID-19 situation. On Saturday New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that Auckland would return to level 3 for seven days & so no sport can be played at level 3 reported stuff.co.nz.

The fourth T20I in both men’s & women’s series were to be played in Auckland but as per the new guidelines the matches are now relocated to Wellington. The rest of the country has moved to alert level 2 & the restrictions will last for seven days. While announcing new restrictions, Ardern said that the lockdown was needed due to there being no immediate transmission link between the new mystery case & the latest Auckland cluster.

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