Following the first storm of COVID-19, the cricket world began to regulate the matchups behind tight bio-secure bubbles and with extreme care. Unfortunately, the 3rd wave of the severe infection has already begun, and it is already affecting the current BBL matches as well. In the most recent development, 12 members of the Brisbane Heat squad screened positive for COVID-19, and the match between the Brisbane Heat and the Sydney Sixers has been canceled. Here is why Brisbane Heat vs Sixers Match Postponed.
Brisbane Heat vs Sixers Match Postponed
Following the most recent round of COVID-19 RT PCR testing, it was announced that 12 tests were positive, and the team will be unable to field a player for the forthcoming game. The team is yet to announce whether or not they will field players against the Melbourne Renegades in the upcoming match.
COVID UPDATE | Unfortunately due to rising cases within our extended squad, tonight’s game on the Gold Coast has be postponed.
12 players & 1 coach received positive PCR tests this afternoon.
— Brisbane Heat (@HeatBBL) January 5, 2022
On January 6, the Heat are set to take a private flight from Gold Coast with the rest of the players, officials, and players who are available for substitution. All 7 Game and 2 Game Gold Coast members will be completely credited for this game, according to Queensland CEO statements, and a crew will be in touch with all participants via email for refunds.
“I know it is disappointing for the players, coaches, and staff that were all supportive of trying to stage the game as normal. The fans and supporters will be equally saddened that the squad has been affected in this manner and that tonight’s game can’t take place. We are working hard now to finalize preparations for the next week for the squad, including those who are currently isolating or ill, and to secure a playing group to compete in matches in that time frame,” said Queensland Cricket CEO Terry Svenson in a statement by Heat’s official website.
“We will provide whatever support is needed for those players and staff who will be in isolation for seven days. Again, I’d like to thank the medical and off-field teams at both Queensland Cricket and Cricket Australia for their ongoing guidance and support,” the statement added.