Australia’s white-ball cricket tour of New Zealand later this month is in doubt due to extended border restrictions that require the team to book individual venues for their return.
The Black Caps are scheduled to leave for Australia on 24 January, to play ODIs on 30 January, 2 February and 5 February, and a Twenty20 International in Canberra on 8 February.
New Zealand Cricket did not book a place in managed isolation for the team in February as they anticipate the implementation of a policy in mid-January that would allow New Zealand nationals and residents returning from Australia to do so without going through managed isolation .
The change has now been delayed until the end of February due to the emergence of the Omicron version, which New Zealand has so far contained at the border.
New Zealand Cricket said on Friday that it hopes the Australian tour goes ahead but is discussing options with Cricket Australia. This could include delays in rescheduling or the team’s withdrawal from Australia. A spokesman told the media that the team would not travel to Australia until plans for its return were made.