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KFC Big Bash League statement - match update on Brisbane Heat and Sydney Sixers

Brisbane Heat
Brisbane Heat

Tonight’s KFC Big Bash League match between Brisbane Heat and Sydney Sixers at Metricon Stadium has been postponed.

 Twelve Heat players today returned positive PCR tests for COVID-19 and are currently isolating. Despite its best endeavours, the Club was unable to recruit enough replacement players in the 24 hours since the first case was identified to make up the required squad of 13 for tonight’s match.
The League will advise a new date for the match as soon as possible. Ticket holders for tonight’s match will be contacted directly regarding the refund process.
The Heat’s game tomorrow against the Melbourne Renegades at GMHBA Stadium, Geelong, remains scheduled to go ahead. The club is working through the recruitment and testing requirements for players to take part in that match.

Tonight’s other scheduled match between the Adelaide Strikers and Hobart Hurricanes will now begin at the revised start time of 6:45pm ACDT/7:15pm AEDT.
The League and all Clubs will continue to prioritise the health and safety of all players, match officials, staff, fans and the wider community throughout the KFC BBL|11 season.

Alistair Dobson, Cricket Australia’s General Manager of Big Bash Leagues, said:

“We acknowledge the wholehearted efforts of the Brisbane Heat to field a team tonight. However, in the time available it was not possible for them to secure the 13 players required, hence the decision to postpone the match.
“At all times the League, in consultation with our Clubs, governments, broadcasters, partners and venues have worked tirelessly to make the best decision for the whole competition based on the information available, with health and safety the top priority.
“In this instance, the decision to postpone tonight’s match was the only option available given the number of cases within the Heat squad and the inability to secure the required number of players fit to take the field.
“We thank our fans for their understanding in these difficult circumstances.”