Melbourne Stars, Sydney Thunder players test positive for COVID as BBL in chaos

The Big Bash League season has been thrown into COVID-19 turmoil after 11 players across two franchises tested positive.

The Melbourne Stars confirmed on Friday that seven players and eight employees are positive, a day after their clash with the Perth Scorchers was postponed when it was revealed that a Stars employee was infected.

Four players at the Sydney Thunder were also tested positive on Friday.

The Thunder will face the Adelaide Strikers in the evening, where a decision has not yet been made on the fate of the match.

“The Sydney Thunder are working with Cricket Australia and SA Health ahead of tonight’s KFC Big Bash League match against the Adelaide Strikers at the Adelaide Oval,” the franchise said in a statement.

Players on the Sydney Thunder and Melbourne Stars have tested positive for COVID-19.  File pictures.
Players on the Sydney Thunder and Melbourne Stars have tested positive for COVID-19. File pictures. Credit: AAP

Thunder players returned positive PCR results after first being found positive in quick antigen tests on Thursday.

Stars’ positive members have been in isolation for seven days.

Further testing of the squad will be conducted on Saturday.

No decision has been made about their upcoming matches.

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“First of all, we wish everyone affected by this outbreak a speedy and rapid recovery,” said Stars’ general manager Blair Crouch.

“The health and safety of our players and staff will continue to be our priority, especially with the challenges posed by the new Omicron variant.

“We provide all the support we can to players, staff and their families.

“I would like to thank the medical teams of both Cricket Victoria and Cricket Australia for their ongoing guidance and support.”

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