Cricket Australia has tightened the safety measures on the players participating in the Big Bash League’s ongoing edition in the wake of a fresh COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney. Cricket Australia has prohibited the players from getting a haircut that has formed a part of stricter COVID-19 protocols. The tenth season of the tournament began from the 10th of December.
The sudden surge in COVID-19 cases in Sydney has put the scheduled cricketing events in Sydney in jeopardy, mainly the third Test against India. It has provoked Cricket Australia to consider staging the two successive Tests in Melbourne. As per the protocols, David Warner and Sean Abbott were declined from re-joining their Australian teammates ahead of the Boxing Day Test against India.
As per a report from Sydney Morning Herald, the governing body has tightened the restrictions on BBL cricketers amid domestic and international cricket, keeping in mind the recent COVID-19 outbreak in New South Wales.
“The governing body has also increased restrictions for BBL players, conscious of walking the tightrope that is playing a full domestic and international summer while dealing with the challenges of COVID-19 and in particular the recent NSW outbreak which has imperiled Sydney’s hopes of hosting the third Test as planned,” the report read.
Cricket Australia permits the players to pick up take away food:
The latest restriction contrasts with the earlier version released on the 1st of December when such appointments were allowed, provided the players had their face masks on. However, the cricketers could pick up take away food if it’s pre-ordered, but they must refrain from wearing their team uniform.
“This contrasts with an earlier version of the protocols from December 1, when such appointments were permitted provided that face masks be worn when inside. Players and staff can still pick up take away food if it is pre-ordered but they must not wear their team uniform when doing so,” it added further.