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BBL 2021-22: Five matches relocated from Perth due to border regulations

By BetBarter Staff

December 16, 2021

Western Australia (WA) has been very strict and particular about the quarantine norms for the people entering their state. The upcoming fifth Ashes Test was due to be played in Perth. However, it has been moved due to strict border controls and protocols. Now, Cricket Australia (CA) have also confirmed that the five upcoming Big Bash League (BBL) matches due to be played in Perth have been moved out of the city.

The Scorchers have played just the one game in Perth against Brisbane Heat in BBL 2021. They were all set to play their second game on December 20 against the Hurricanes. However, that match has has been relocated.

Alistair Dobson, Cricket Australia’s general manager of Big Bash League said. “We understand this is a disappointing decision for the Scorcher’s passionate fanbase, but in the current environment, we want to provide certainty for members, fans, players, match officials, and staff. While our preference was to play these matches in Perth, this was simply not possible under the current arrangements when all factors are taken into account,” Dobson said, according to Perth Now.

Dobson expressed his gratitude to Scorchers. He also thanked the broadcasters, venues, clubs, and partners for showing flexibility. “Our thanks go to the Scorchers for their understanding in these difficult circumstances. We are also grateful to all other affected Clubs, partners, broadcasters, and venues for their ongoing flexibility as we navigate our way through the season.”

Earlier WA had made an announcement that it won’t open its borders till February 5, 2022. Even if the Scorchers reach the BBL final on January 28, the match won’t be played in Perth.