The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has put the entire cricketing schedule of 2020 in a haste. After a couple of big events, the Australia series against West Indies scheduled to take place in October has been postponed.
Cricket Australia and West Indies Cricket have agreed to postpone the T20Is series due to the prevailing conditions. As per the schedule, the matches were slated to take place on October 4, 6 and 9 respectively at Townsville, Cairns, and the Gold Coast. Both teams looked at it as the preparation for the ICC T20 World Cup. However, the series holds no value now as ICC has postponed the global event.
Australia series against West Indies postponed
Cricket Australia confirmed the development in a statement released earlier today. They also added that the postponed series will take place somewhere in 2021 or 2022 as per the feasibility of the schedule.
“In light of this development, and given the preference to host the warm-up three-match T20 series against the West Indies to coincide with the rescheduled T20 World Cup in Australia (which will take place in either 2021 or 2022), it has been agreed to postpone the matches,” CA said in an official statement.
Meanwhile, Australia will play a limited-overs series against England in September. The arch-rivals will lock horns for three ODIs followed by the same number of T20Is. The cricketers will reach in the UAE for the 13the edition of the Indian Premier League. BCCI, on Sunday, confirmed that IPL 2020 will take place in the UAE starting from September 19.
On the other hand, West Indies recently played a three-match series against England which marked the return the cricket after COVID-19. The Caribbean side went down 2-1 in the series after making a winning start.
Meanwhile, the ODI series between Australia and Zimbabwe, scheduled to start on Sunday, has already been postponed.