New Zealand quarantine facilities in place for Bangladesh, Netherlands and South Africa on tour in 2021-2022; but not from India
India’s three ODIs in New Zealand set to be carried over as team not on latest government managed isolation list
Men’s teams from Bangladesh, the Netherlands and South Africa are expected to travel to New Zealand in the 2021-22 season, after securing places in managed isolation and quarantine facilities (MIQ ), which are mandatory for people arriving in the country. The list published on September 15 on the New Zealand government’s MIQ site also includes the contingent for the ODI Women’s World Cup, but the Indian men’s team is not on it.
This would mean that the three ODIs scheduled between New Zealand and India in March 2022 will have to be postponed. Stuff.co.nz reported that the India series will likely be played at the end of 2022 instead.
According to the ICC’s Future Tours Program (FTP), Bangladesh was scheduled to play two Tests and three T20Is in New Zealand in December-January. The contingent of visitors has been allocated a space for 35 people, from the beginning of December, at the MIQ.
The Netherlands were to play three ODIs in January-February in accordance with the FTP; they granted MIQ space in March for a group of 35.
South Africa was scheduled to play two Tests and three T20Is in February-March, and they have a seat for 35 people from early February.
The Women’s World Cup, which begins on March 4, has been granted to 181 people on “various dates January-February 2022”.
MIQ dates will be way ahead of when the series takes place, given that people have two weeks of managed isolation and more time in quarantine if they test positive.
New Zealand players and staff who will tour Pakistan, the IPL in the United Arab Emirates, the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and / or tour India later this year have also secured places. at the MIQ: a total of 77 between October and early December.
The team is also scheduled to tour Australia in late January to play a handful of rescheduled limited matches during the pandemic. No MIQ slots were given to the New Zealand squad upon their return, which likely means these matches will only take place if a trans-Tasman travel bubble is put in place between the two countries.
What is MIQ?
According to government rules, everyone arriving in New Zealand is required to undergo at least 14 days of managed isolation in hotel rooms, and if anyone tests positive along the way, they move to hotels in quarantine separated for an extended period. Decisions on the allocation of hotel rooms are made by the ministerial group on border exceptions, headed by Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi.
There are different eligibility criteria that must be met in order for individuals or groups to be granted the QIM. According to the MIQ website, the groups “must be sponsored by a government agency and must be determined by ministers as being in the national interest or having a” significant “economic impact.