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Sports Cricket 03 Apr 2020 No cricket tours for ...

No cricket tours for New Zealand at least until July end

AP
Published Apr 3, 2020, 9:43 am IST
Updated Apr 3, 2020, 10:56 am IST
New Zealand had completed most of its summer domestic program before the viral outbreak hit
New Zealand played their last game against Australia at an empty Sydney Cricket Ground and the rival captains Aaron Finch (L) and Kane Williamson did fist and elbow bumps. DC File Photo
 New Zealand played their last game against Australia at an empty Sydney Cricket Ground and the rival captains Aaron Finch (L) and Kane Williamson did fist and elbow bumps. DC File Photo

Wellington: New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White says Black Caps tours to Scotland, Ireland, the Netherlands and the West Indies in June and July are "most unlikely" to go ahead because of the coronavirus pandemic.

A tour to Bangladesh in August is also in doubt, White said Friday. New Zealand Cricket has already postponed a tour by the national women's team to Sri Lanka, scheduled for later this month.

 

White said cricket in New Zealand was better placed to navigate the shutdown caused by the pandemic because it had completed most of its summer domestic program before the viral outbreak hit.

"Given the bigger picture and the terrible toll Covid19 is taking worldwide we need to look after not only our own people but the greater community good," White said.

"With the lockdown now in full force we're mindful of the difficulties facing our cricket community, particularly in view of the suspension of trust funding.

"Our current focus is very much on ensuring the future sustainability of cricket in New Zealand."

The New Zealand government announced earlier Friday that annual funding to national sports organizations for this financial year will continue into next year to ensure those organizations can continue to operate in the absence of revenue from broadcasting, sponsorship and sports betting.

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