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Australia and New Zealand discuss trans-Tasman cricket series

Cricket chiefs in Australia and New Zealand are in talks to restart international cricket.

With uncertainty over whether planned tours to Australia and New Zealand by India, Pakistan and the West Indies will go ahead this year, Australia and New Zealand are looking to jumpstart the international game with ‘trans-Tasman’ matches between their men’s and women’s national teams.

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White and Cricket Australia’s chief executive Kevin Roberts have been in contact to discuss restart opportunities.

White told the Sydney Morning Herald: “A Tasman bubble would be terrific…If it did eventuate, it would present some opportunities going forward. But I think the key is to keep an open mind and be flexible so if opportunities do arise we can take them,”

He added: “We haven’t talked specifics really. What we have talked about is conceptually the possibility of playing each other and that’s where we are at the moment.”

Before the sport shutdown, the two countries were taking part in a three-game men’s one-day international series. It was called off mid-series in March.

Last week, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced they were working on a trans-Tasman Covid-19 safe travel zone to ease travel restrictions between the countries.