Mitchell McClenaghan played only one game for Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League T20 before returning back to New Zealand due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Mitchell McClenaghan, who was playing for the Karachi Kings in the ongoing Pakistan Super League T20 tournament, has flown back home to New Zealand in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The New Zealand government has imposed a mandatory self-isolation period for those entering the country for 14 days and the border restrictions are also coming into place now. McClenaghan has gone into self quarantine but on his official Twitter handle, he shared an image that has given the fans plenty of cheer in times of gloom. Taking to his official Twitter account, McClenaghan shared a photo of a note attached by his wife on the refrigerator and he wrote, "Straight home into isolation, get home to this note from my legendary wife who’s gone to stay with her parents for a few weeks. See you guys in 14 days." In the note, it was written, "When you start to get frustrated, just think it could be worse. At least you are not stuck inside with your wife. Love you."
Straight home into isolation, get home to this note from my legendary wife who’s gone to stay with her parents for a few weeks. See you guys in 14 days ðŸ‘Œ pic.twitter.com/GjEo4n4Vhk— Mitchell McClenaghan (@Mitch_Savage) March 15, 2020
The Pakistan vs Bangladesh series, which was supposed to include one ODI and a Test in Karachi in April has now been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The decision was made in a joint meeting between the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). Pakistan was supposed to host Bangladesh in an ODI in Karachi on April 1 followed by the Test match from April 5 to April 9 at the same venue. However, Karachi is the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic in Pakistan with close to 30 cases being reported. The Pakistan Super League games in Karachi have been played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The ODI series between Australia and New Zealand was postponed due to the COVID-19 scare. The Coronavirus pandemic has absolutely devastated the sporting calendar. All major football tournaments, including the Serie A, La Liga, Bundesliga and Premier League have been postponed till April 3 while cricket is no exception. The Indian Premier League was postponed to April 15 while the India vs South Africa ODI series was rescheduled to a later date in the wake of the coronavirus.
Mitchell McClenaghan will now be in self-quarantine for 14 days due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Image credit: Getty Images)
England's two-Test tour of Sri Lanka has also been postponed. The coronavirus has also cast a pall of gloom even in domestic cricket. The Plunket Shield in New Zealand was cancelled and Wellington were declared the winners while the final round of Australia's Sheffield Shield tournament has also been cancelled with a call on the final taken later. The BCCI has suspended the remainder of the Indian domestic cricket season over the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
This announcement has resulted in the Irani Trophy, which was to have been played between Saurashtra, the Ranji Trophy champions and Rest of India has now been suspended due to the coronavirus.