New Zealand Cricket said arrangements were being made for squad members to fly home on Saturday evening.
There are also implications for upcoming fixtures across the ditch, with Australia’s T20 tour now set to be cancelled at short notice due to the fact players would have to self exclude once they got there.
“The three-match T20I series scheduled for New Zealand cannot proceed as the mandatory self-isolation period would also apply to the Australian squad as soon as it crossed the border into New Zealand,” New Zealand Cricket said.
“NZC believes both these series can be replayed in their entirety at a later and more appropriate date. NZC understands and supports the government’s position. This is a time of unprecedented risk and peril, and the personal health and well-being of our players is paramount.”
Kiwi fast bowler Lockie Ferguson was placed into isolation on Saturday after reporting a sore throat following the match.
A spokesperson said: “Lockie, providing he gets the all clear, will be flying tomorrow with the team manager and our logistics manager.”
Friday’s match at the SCG was played behind closed doors and this latest news throws doubt over the immediate future of not only international cricket games but possibly NRL and Super Rugby fixtures.
Fast bowler Pat Cummins says he didn’t mind playing in front of no supporters and lacked no motivation as Australia’s cricketers come to accept this could be the new norm.
The usual cheering and sledging was obsolete at the famous ground, with players having to provide their own source of motivation to take wickets and score runs.
Handshakes and hugs were traded for fist bumps and back slaps as Australia’s players got a taste of what international cricket could look like for the foreseeable future.
“We’re lucky cricket isn’t a contact sport,” Cummins said. “You can try and avoid getting too close to each other so no one really changed too much. A lot more fist bumps than normal.
“It was certainly weird and in some ways it felt a lot more relaxed than an international game, more like a shield game or a grade game which was kind of nice. You don’t really get the chance as an international side to run out there and be able to talk to each other during the game and have it pretty relaxed. I enjoyed it but it’s certainly different.”
Tom Decent is a journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald