Cricket Australia will move Sydney’s first three Big Bash games to Canberra as Queensland’s COVID-19 situation threatens to further complicate matters.
Big Bash officials confirmed on Friday that games on January 13, 16 and 18 would all move to Manuka Oval, with five more Sydney matches still up in the air.
Canberra has not recorded a locally-acquired case of the virus in almost six months, and was used as a hub at the start of the competition.
Cricket Australia last week made the call to push on with the Sydney Test, however border crossings have made playing BBL games in the city near impossible.
“The logistical complexities of the BBL … means moving these games gives us the best possible chance of executing a full season,” BBL boss Alistar Dobson said.
“This differs from the logistics of the ongoing Test Series, which requires fewer movements across state borders to execute a full series.
“As part of our ongoing monitoring of the situation in Sydney, we will consider whether or not we need to make any decisions on the remaining matches in Sydney.”
But as has so often been the case this summer, just as CA put out one spotfire another threatened to erupt.
Queensland’s three-day lockdown threatens to heavily impact the BBL, given it is backdated to January 2.
While all BBL teams playing in Queensland have stayed on the Gold Coast, the Sydney Sixers, Thunder and Brisbane Heat have all played in Brisbane since January 2.
The Sixers and Heat play again on the Gold Coast on Sunday, while the Thunder are already in Perth.
Cricket Australia will also have to keep a close eye on potential border closures, given the Sixers, Heat and Melbourne Stars are all due to exit Queensland in the next week.
BIG BASH GAMES MOVED TO MANUKA OVAL
January 13: Sydney Thunder v Sydney Sixers, from Sydney Showground
January 16: Sydney Sixers v Perth Scorchers, from SCG
January 18: Sydney Thunder v Hobart Hurricanes, from Sydney Showground.