New Zealand Government increased Covid restrictions following new positive case in Auckland; first two matches of England Women’s T20I series to be played without fans in Wellington; New Zealand Men’s T20 series vs Australia also affected
The first two matches of England Women’s T20 series in New Zealand will take place behind closed doors following an escalation of the coronavirus alert level in the country.
The moves comes after the New Zealand Government raised the coronavirus alert level in the country due to a new positive test in the country’s largest city of Auckland.
England’s final ODI against New Zealand will still take place on Saturday in Dunedin, while the first T20 will be on Wednesday in Wellington. No fans will be permitted.
The second match of the three-game T20 series, scheduled to take place on Friday, has been moved from Auckland to Wellington, and will again be held without fans.
The new Government measures have also affected New Zealand’s men’s team, who are currently playing a T20 series against rivals Australia.
The men’s and women’s matches are being played as double-headers, meaning the third T20 between New Zealand and Australia men will be held on Wednesday in Wellington, with the fourth match taking place on Friday in the same city, without supporters.
New Zealand Cricket says no decision has been taken on the double-header in Tauranga on March 7, where both men’s and women’s T20 series are due to be concluded.
England Women have already won the ODI series against New Zealand, while New Zealand men are 2-0 up on Australia in their five-match T20 series.