Anxiety is running high across the BBL as multiple COVID-19 outbreaks leave a hub in Melbourne being considered as a serious option to continue the tournament.
- Twelve Melbourne Stars players have contracted COVID-19
- Victorian club cricketers have been called upon to help them field a team for their last two games
- An announcement on the future of this season could be made as soon as today
In an unprecedented crisis for the BBL, Cricket Australia is trying to figure out how to complete the season and also keep players and staff safe.
An announcement on the future of this season could be made as soon as today.
Twelve Melbourne Stars players have contracted COVID-19, forcing the stars to call up Victorian club cricketers just to field a team for their last two games.
Stars allrounder Hilton Cartwright admitted it was tough to forget about the coronavirus situation and prepare for Monday night’s clash with the Melbourne Renegades.
The former Australia Test player had talks with the Stars’ wellbeing staff following opening batters Joe Clarke and Tom Rogers being forced out of the Melbourne derby at the MCG.
Gun players such as Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa and Nathan Coulter-Nile were already in isolation due to COVID-19.
“I’ve always had form slumps, and this ranks right up there with how I actually feel about going about my business day-to-day.
“Myself and my wife have basically been locked up in our room, not sure if we should catch the lift in case someone in there might have caught [COVID-19].
“Constantly it’s on your mind and then you’ve got to walk out there and perform [on] one of the biggest-pressure stages.
“I was really battling that throughout the day but once it got to about 4pm, all I was doing was trying to focus on the game.
“But I can’t see things getting worse than what it’s already been because the guys are meant to be coming out of their isolation period in the next couple of days.”
Renegades quick Kane Richardson felt sorry for what the Stars have had to endure.
“If we were in that position with 12 guys out, I don’t know how we would put a team out on the park, so hats off to them, but it doesn’t quite feel right,” Richardson said.
“As players, we’re all a bit unsure at the moment, and we’re trying our best not to get the virus, but if we do, we don’t know what the go is.
“It would just be nice to know [if the hub is going to happen], there’s obviously talk of it.
“I think everyone would know that’s a good thing if it keeps the competition going.”