Australia’s T20 series against the West Indies in early October has officially been postponed, the latest cricketing casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic that has created chaos with the international schedule.
The Windies had been scheduled to play matches in Townsville, Cairns and the Gold Coast on October 4, 6 and 9 respectively, with the series to act as a warm-up for the Men’s T20 World Cup, which was scheduled to start on October 18.
But with World Cup postponed last month due to the pandemic, and with both Australia and the Windies wanting the series to coincide with a rescheduled World Cup in Australia in 2021 or 2022, the short T20 campaign has also been put on hold.
The leading T20 players from both countries are instead set to play in the rescheduled Indian Premier League, which will run from September 19 to November 10.
The status of Australia’s three-match T20 series against India, another World Cup warm-up scheduled for October 11-17, remains unclear.
The three matches in Australia’s women’s ODI series against New Zealand are scheduled for the same Queensland venues, the day after each men’s match against the Windies was to be played. The dates and venues for that series remain unchanged at this stage.
The next assignment for Australia’s men’s players is expected to be a limited-overs tour of England in early September, although that is yet to be confirmed.
As it now stands, the first match on Australia’s home men’s international schedule is the one-off Test against Afghanistan on November 21-25, which will be followed by four Tests against India, the first of which is scheduled to start on December 3.
Cricket Australia revealed a full international summer schedule in late May with the caveat that series may be postponed due to the ongoing uncertainty created by the pandemic.
The ODI series between Australia and Zimbabwe, which was scheduled to start on Sunday, has already been postponed.QUICK SINGLE