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BBL rocked by COVID-19 as more than 12 players across two teams test positive

By Daniel S

December 31, 2021

After all the hype and frenzy around the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) 2021-22, the tournament is now clouded by uncertainty. Four players from the Sydney Sixers and eight staff members from the Melbourne Stars camp have tested positive for COVID-19.

Due to this, there are serious doubts if the new year eve's clash between the Thunder and the Adelaide Strikers will take place as planned. An official word regarding the fate of the game is yet to be taken. The clash between the Maxwell-led side and the Perth Scorchers was postponed after a staff member from the Stars' camp tested positive on Thursday.

Blair Crouch, who is the general manager of the Melbourne Stars, gave an overview of the current scenario. He said that the safety of their players and staff will continue to be their priority. He even went on to thank the medical team of Cricket Victoria and Cricket Australia for their support.

“First and foremost, we wish everyone affected by this outbreak a quick and speedy recovery. The health and safety of our players and staff will continue to be our priority, especially with the challenges the new Omicron variant presents," said Blair Crouch, as quoted by News 18.

"We are providing all the support we can to players, staff and their families. I’d like to thank the medical teams at both Cricket Victoria and Cricket Australia for their ongoing guidance and support," he added.

It is to be noted that over 17000 new cases were reported in the states of Victoria and New South Wales on Wednesday. Besides, Australian middle-order batter Travis Head has also tested positive for COVID-19. He will undergo seven-day isolation in Melbourne and will miss the upcoming fourth Ashes Test in Sydney.