BBL 11: Melbourne Stars vs Perth Scorchers clash postponed due to COVID-19 case in Stars camp

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BBL 11: Melbourne Stars vs Perth Scorchers clash postponed due to COVID-19 case in Stars camp

 

The BBL 11 clash between Melbourne Stars & Perth Scorchers has been postponed due to a positive COVID-19 case within Melbourne Stars Camp. A member of Melbourne Stars support staff returned with positive results on Thursday just hours before the match was due to take place. All the other members of the Melbourne Stars camp have undergone RT-PCR tests & results are still awaited which means that the BBL 11 clash cannot be played at the Marvel Stadium.

“While regrettable, the decision to postpone tonight’s match was the only option available given the exposures within the Stars cohort,” Alistair Dobson, the general manager of the Big Bash Leagues, said.

“The League has a number of biosecurity protocols in place to keep our participants safe and the competition moving forward. These protocols are regularly reviewed in response to the risks in each state. Safety remains our number one priority, and we will work with the Stars to get their side back on the field as soon as possible”, the manager added in his statement.

This is the first time that a BBL or WBBL fixture has directly faced the wrath of COVIDF-19 during the pandemic. Now Thursday’s postponed match will be replayed later in this season. Although no new date has been fixed yet, there are very few chances for disruption in the BBL 11 schedule.

Melbourne Stars General Manager Blair Crouch said: “The staff member is being managed by Melbourne Stars medical staff in consultation with Cricket Australia and we look forward to them being able to return to the group in due course. We have key home matches scheduled on January 2 and 3 in Melbourne so we hope to have more clarity through testing over the next 24-48 hours.”

Currently, even the Ashes 2021-2022 series has been hit hard with COVID-19. The touring England squad witnessed the outbreak of COVID-19 as a family member of head coach Chris Silverwood has tested positive for COVID-19. Following the results, Silverwood has been sent into isolation after being deemed as a close contact for a COVID-19 person.

Earlier today Ashes match referee David Boon has tested positive for COVID-19 & thus he has been ruled out of the fourth Ashes Test. The tally of COVID-19 positive cases within England’s touring contingent rises to seven. However, despite rising cases of COVID-19 within the touring contingent, the Officials are trying their best to keep the Ashes series on track.

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