COVID-19 continues to hit the Big Bash League (BBL). The match between the Brisbane Heat and the Sydney Sixers, scheduled to be held on Wednesday, has been postponed after 12 Heat players tested positive for the deadly virus.
An official statement from BBL confirmed:
“Twelve Heat players today returned positive PCR tests for COVID-19 and are currently isolating. Despite its best efforts, the club has not been able to recruit enough replacements in the 24 hours since the first case was identified. “, to form the necessary squad of 13 for tonight’s match. The league will announce a new date for the match as soon as possible.”
Alistair Dobson, Cricket Australia’s general manager of BBL, explained the decision to postpone the match:
“In this case, the decision to postpone tonight’s match was the only option available given the number of cases in the Heat squad and inability to secure the required number of players capable of taking the pitch.”
Tournament organizers were also informed that the second BBL showdown between the Adelaide Strikers and Hobart Hurricanes at the Adelaide Oval will continue. However, the time of the match has been pushed back to 19:15 AEDT.
Meanwhile, Heats’ match against the Melbourne Renegades, scheduled for January 6, is set to continue as the former “works through the recruitment and testing requirements for players to take part in that match.”
BBL 2021-22: Melbourne Stars skipper Glenn Maxwell tests positive for COVID-19
Australian all-rounder and Melbourne Stars skipper Glenn Maxwell has also tested positive for COVID-19. The Stars confirmed that Maxwell underwent a quick antigen test after his side’s loss to Melbourne Renegades on Monday night and gave a positive result. Maxwell is currently in isolation awaiting the outcome of a PCR test.
Before Maxwell, 12 other players and eight employees got the virus. Stars were forced to field a weakened team for their last two matches due to the absence of regular players in the wake of the COVID-19 situation.
Meanwhile, around 10 players, including Adam Zampa, Marcus Stoinis and Nathan Coulter-Nile, are likely to be available for the Stars’ next match against the Adelaide Strikers on Friday. Their seven-day isolation should end over the next few days.
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