Seven players and eight supports staff members have tested positive from Stars. © Getty
The Big Bash League has been rocked by a raft of COVID-19 cases with seven players and eight support staff members of the Melbourne Stars returning positive results. Sydney Thunder too have confirmed that four players are currently isolating after testing positive.
“First and foremost, we wish everyone affected by this outbreak a quick and speedy recovery,” Stars general manager Blair Crouch said. “The health and safety of our players and staff will continue to be our priority, especially with the challenges the new Omicron variant presents.
“We are providing all the support we can to players, staff and their families. I’d like to thank the medical teams at both Cricket Victoria and Cricket Australia for their ongoing guidance and support.”
All the Stars squad members, who had tested negative, will undergo another round of testing on January 1. They’ve already had one fixture – against Perth Scorchers – postponed after a support staff member tested positive. “The Stars are currently working with Cricket Australia in relation to their immediate fixture and will provide an update as soon as possible,” the team said in a statement.
Meanwhile the Thunder are engaged in discussion with Cricket Australia over the conduct of their New Year’s Eve fixture against Adelaide Strikers.