Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder players test positive for COVID as BBL in chaos

The Big Bash League season has been engulfed in COVID-19 confusion after 11 players from two franchises tested positive.

The Melbourne Stars confirmed on Friday that seven players and eight staff members test positive, a day after their showdown with the Perth Scorchers was postponed when it became known that a Stars staff member was infected.

Four Sydney Thunder players also tested positive on Friday.

The Thunder will meet the Adelaide Strikers in the evening, and a decision on the fate of the match has yet to be made.

“Sydney Thunder is working with Cricket Australia and SA Health ahead of tonight’s KFC Big Bash League game against the Adelaide Strikers at Adelaide Oval,” the franchise said in a statement.

Players from the Sydney Thunder and Melbourne Stars tested positive for COVID-19. Stock images. Credit: AAP

Thunder players tested positive for PCR after they were initially found positive in rapid antigen tests Thursday.

The positive members of The Stars have been isolated for seven days.

More tests of the team will take place on Saturday.

No decision has been made about their next matches.

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“First of all, we wish everyone affected by this outbreak a speedy and speedy recovery,” said Stars CEO Blair Crouch.

“The health and safety of our players and staff will continue to be our priority, especially with the challenges presented by the new variant of Omicron.

“We are providing all the support we can to the players, the staff and their families.

“I would like to thank the Cricket Victoria and Cricket Australia medical teams for their continued guidance and support.”


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