Seeing the rise of Covid cases in New South Wales and Victoria, Cricket Australia has announced that players will have to abide by level 4 restrictions which prevents them from getting haircuts and signing autographs. Both the states are gearing up to host the fourth and third test match respectively. Players will not be allowed to sign autographs and take selfies with the fans. Just hours before the third test match, Pat Cummins was left out of the team owing to Covid’s scare as the player had taken a seat in the restaurant in the vicinity of an individual who turned out Covid positive later on.
According to the report in SunHerald, players will be forbidden to drink in bars, get haircuts, and work out in public places. New South Wales recorded a massive outbreak yesterday with 2468 cases while Victoria was not too far behind either with 1504 cases. The last time both states observed a similar spike was on 10th September and 20th October with 1603 cases and 2153 cases.
Earlier, Western Australia’s government’s refusal to bend the 14-day quarantine period for both cricketing sides and the logistic team cost them the 5th test match. Hobart was eventually chosen as the replacement which is expected to generate a $5 million as compared to $22 million dollars if the match would have been allotted to Melbourne.
“It’s a wake-up call for everyone across the game ” – Cricket Australia on rising cases in Victoria and New South Wales
With close to $50 million dollar revenue on the line from the next three test matches, Cricket Australia certainly wouldn’t take a chance amidst the rising cases and Covid scare of Pat Cummins who was allowed to go home and complete the isolation period of seven days.
Speaking to Sen Radio, Nick Hockley, CEO of CA, confirmed, “I think it’s a wake-up call for everyone across the game. It’s a wake-up call for sport. It’s not unique to sport in Australia or around the globe. We’re seeing a fair bit of disruption. Everyone now needs to be extra vigilant because we’ve had a very high-profile case of disruption.”
Players who will choose to rest at their Sydney homes will be required to take a Covid before coming back into the bubble environment. The 3rd and 4th test matches will start from 26th December and 5th January in Melbourne and Sydney respectively.