The immediate future of the Big Bash League season is in limbo with positive COVID-19 cases present in the Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder teams.
The traditional New Years Eve match at Adelaide Oval will require South Australian government approval to go ahead after the Thunder recorded three positive cases: Alex Hales, Tanveer Sangha and Sam Whiteman.
But sources have said Herald Y Age that CA expected the game to be played under quarantine conditions similar to the AFL finals in Perth.
A crowd will be allowed, but there will be complete separation between teams, there will be no contact with on-site personnel, and teams will spend as much time outdoors as possible.
The Thunder are still awaiting two more tests, but the rest of the team tested negative, meaning they can field a team and are ready to play Friday night pending instructions from local health authorities. otherwise.
However, the news was not so good for the stars with Age and the Herald confirming that COVID has spread in their squad, requiring multiple players to isolate themselves as of Friday.
The Stars were due to face the Perth Scorchers at Marvel Stadium on Thursday night, but their game, which had already been moved once from Optus Stadium due to strict WA border protocols, was once again frozen due to a case. confirmed positive among the Stars. personal.
CA braced for the real possibility that future Stars games would be postponed as well, depending on how far the virus has spread within the team and if replacement players could be found for the team.
The Stars are scheduled to face the Scorchers again on Sunday at St Kilda’s Junction Oval and then participate in the Melbourne derby against the Renegades the next day at MCG.
With Malcolm Conn and Andrew Wu