Australia postpones West Indies T20 series, England tour awaits green light

One Day International series between Australia and New Zealand on March 13, 2020 (Photo by Jason McCawley - CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)

Cricket Australia has postponed its home Twenty20 series against the West Indies and is now awaiting approval for next month’s limited-overs tour of England.

Cricket Australia is yet to officially confirm the tour of England will go ahead as planned. A teleconference involving CA, team management, the players and support staff is scheduled for Thursday, August 6 to clarify the position.

With some Australian states currently experiencing a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases, CA is working on exemptions from both federal and state governments on transporting the touring party out and back in to the country.

CA is also still unsure if its players will need to quarantine or self-isolate prior to departure for the UK.

It is thought that the Australian party, unlike the West Indies and Pakistan teams, will not have to quarantine for two weeks in England before the series begins as the UK government does not impose the same restriction on Australians.

The domestic series against the West Indies was originally planned as a warm up for the now postponed Men’s T20 World Cup, before that tournament fell to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The West Indies had been scheduled to play matches in Townsville, Cairns and the Gold Coast on October 4, 6, and 9, respectively.

Australia are still officially scheduled to face India in a T20 series from October 11 to 17, but that series will have to be rearranged, with the IPL now confirmed to take place on September 19 to November 10 in three venues in the UAE – Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.

Australia had been due to stage the T20 World Cup between October 18 and November 15 this year but the tournament will now be staged in October and November next year. The final is slated to be played on November 14.