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Afghanistan's one-off Test in Australia postponed due to scheduling complications
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Afghanistan's one-off Test in Australia postponed due to scheduling complications

Cricket Australia has confirmed the postponement of the inaugural Test against Afghanistan along with the New Zealand ODIs.

The decision to delay these fixtures has been taken due to scheduling "complexity" amid the coronavirus pandemic that forced a long break of international cricket.

Afghanistan were set to play just their fifth Test in November after being granted Test status alongside Ireland in 2017.

The venue of the historic match between Afghanistan and Australia was fixed as Perth but CA has been constrained by the logistical challenges involved with hosting international teams this season.

“The complexity of scheduling international matches during the global coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the three boards agreeing the need to postpone the matches,” the board said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the Chappell–Hadlee Trophy was supposed to be contested earlier this year but the three-match series was postponed after just one game at the Sydney Cricket Ground on March 13.

“Cricket Australia looks forward to working with our good friends at the Afghanistan Cricket Board and New Zealand Cricket to deliver the matches at a time when, hopefully, the restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic have eased,” CA Chief Executive Nick Hockley claimed.

This development leaves India as the only team that will tour Australia this summer for four Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is.

The order of the fixtures is yet to be confirmed as most of the players from both teams are engaged in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the UAE.

The novel coronavirus outbreak has already caused the T20 World Cup, which was to be held in Australia in October-November, to be delayed to 2022 with India hosting the next edition of the tournament in 2021.

Australia also postponed their two-Test tour of Bangladesh in June – the result of which would have affected their points tally in the World Test Championship.