The New Year’s Eve party has been approved under strict biosafety conditions.
The New Years Eve BBL match between Sydney Thunder and Adelaide Strikers will take place as scheduled despite Thunder having four positive Covid-19 tests from their playing team.
South Australia Health approved the game under strict biosecurity protocols that will include Thunder players who must remain separate from each other and from the Strikers team.
The entire Thunder team, including staff, underwent PCR testing Thursday after a rapid positive antigen test. They are expected to recruit additional players into the squad to cover those who are isolated.
A day came when Covid significantly affected the BBL and Melbourne Stars reported that seven players and eight staff members tested positive following yesterday’s initial case, which led to the postponement of the Stars-Scorchers game.
“First of all, our thoughts are with all community members affected by the spread of Covid-19 in recent weeks, including members of our Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder squads,” said Alistair Dobson, General Manager of Big Bash. Leagues. “We thank Strikers, Thunder and SA Health for their hard work today to ensure this match can continue.
“We will continue to work closely with our clubs, relevant governments, broadcasters, partners and venues to ensure the season continues safely and successfully throughout the month of January.”
All Stars players and staff who tested positive are currently in isolation for seven days in accordance with Victorian government guidelines. Neither player or staff will be available to participate in Stars’ next two scheduled games on January 2 against Scorchers and January 3 against Melbourne Renegades.
On the other hand, James Pattinson was unable to travel to Coffs Harbor in New South Wales for the January 1 game against Sydney Sixers because he was waiting for a PCR result.
Cricket Australia has been struggling to find solutions to keep the competition running after positive cases for the past 48 hours.
Australian cricket threatens to be severely affected by the increase in cases in which Australian batsman Travis Head was ruled out of the Sydney test against England after testing positive in Melbourne after a routine PCR test.
The Perth Scorchers duo, Mitchell Marsh and Josh Inglis, and Melbourne Renegades captain Nic Maddinson, have been called up to Team Australia Test as cover for the Sydney Test.