The news of Australia and New Zealand being involved in talks about taking advantage of a travel bubble to reboot International Cricket with a Trans-Tasman rivalry is giving fans and supporters hope. This is in the wake of Cricket Australia’s battle to get New South Wales and Queensland to agree to having their Head Office grants slashed.
That saga has taken another twist recently, when Western Australia confirmed that it would accept less money, but only if all the other state associations agreed to do so as well.
Chief Executive of New Zealand Cricket David White has revealed that he is discussing the Trans-Tasman issue with his counterpart in Australia, Kevin Roberts. They are talking about games between The Baggy Greens and The Black Caps being added to the calendar as soon as travelling restrictions between our two countries ease up.
Prime Ministers Scott Morrison and Jacinda Adern said last week that they would pursue putting this plan into action as part of the return from the novel coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown.
Australia’s players will be starved of Cricket over the winter, however. The Indian Premier League and a Bangladeshi Test Tour have been abandoned and a Limited-Overs English Tour scheduled for July is almost definitely going to follow suit. The Hundred in England has been cancelled and the County Championship postponed indefinitely.
The next matches scheduled in Australia are against the Zimbabweans in August’s Top End, but there’s no guarantee that these will go ahead. The same goes for the Twenty20 World Cup in October and November.
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