The upcoming third & fourth T20Is between New Zealand & Australia will be played behind closed doors, New Zealand Cricket said on Saturday.
The first & second T20I between New Zealand Women & England Women will also be played behind closed doors following the change to New Zealand’s alert levels with an eye on the COVID-19 Pandemic. The decision regarding the fifth T20I between New Zealand & Australia & the third T20I between White ferns & England will be taken afterwards.
“Double-headers (inc WHITE FERNS v ENG T20) to go ahead in Wellington on Wednesday, March 3, as planned — but behind closed doors. Double-headers scheduled for Auckland on Friday, March 5, now to be played in Wellington, also without crowds,” NZC said in an official statement.
“Double-headers scheduled for Tauranga on Sunday, March 7 to go ahead — will wait for Government advice re crowds. All ticket holders to receive full refunds,” it added.
On Saturday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that Auckland would return to level 3 of lockdown for seven days & so no sport can be played at level 3 reported media. Earlier the T20I matches were set to be played in Auckland bus as per new guidelines the matches have now been moved to Wellington.
The other part of New Zealand has moved to alert level 2 & the restrictions will last for seven days. While announcing new restrictions New Zealand’s Prime Minister Ardern said that the lockdown was needed due to there being no immediate transmission link between the new mystery case & the latest Auckland cluster.