Cricket Australia has been rocked by the COVID-19 scare as deadly virus has forced the management to postpone the Big Bash League match between Perth Scorchers and Melbourne Stars less than three hours before the start of the match at the Marvel Stadium, on Thursday. As per reports, a Melbourne Stars support staff member tested positive which resulted in exposure to many of the team’s playing groups.
Speaking on the development, Cricket Australia said, “All-Stars players and staff who had been in contact with the positive case undertook PCR tests as soon as possible,” but reportedly the results had not been received within sufficient time for the match to proceed. Alistair Dobson, Cricket Australia’s General Manager of Big Bash Leagues was quoted saying that, “While regrettable, the decision to postpone tonight’s match was the only option available given the exposures within the Stars cohort.”
However, adding further, he also emphasized on the fact that the league has a number of biosecurity protocols in place to keep participants safe and the competition moving forward.
In a press release, Alister further informed that “These Covid 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,” he added.
The new dates for the postponed match are yet to be announced but the management has ensured that players’ safety will be kept on priority and after review of the protocols new dates will be announced soon.