Melbourne: Cricket Australia (CA) has imposed a blanket ban on Big Bash League (BBL) players going out for haircuts. The new ban has been imposed as part of stricter COVID-19 protocols issued in the wake of a fresh outbreak in Sydney. As per the protocols, Cricket Australia has barred David Warner and Sean Abbott from re-joining their Australian teammates ahead of the Boxing Day Test against India here.
A report regarding the ban on haircuts was published in the ‘Sydney Morning Herald’.
“The governing body has also increased restrictions for BBL players, conscious of walking the tightrope that is playing a full domestic and international summer while dealing with the challenges of COVID-19 and in particular the recent NSW outbreak which has imperiled Sydney’s hopes of hosting the third Test as planned,” the report read.
According to a CA Queensland hub protocols document December 21, the report states that personal appointments such as haircuts are no longer allowed.
“This contrasts with an earlier version of the protocols from December 1, when such appointments were permitted provided that face masks be worn when inside,” it read.
Other restrictions as peer the protocol includes a ban on eating out either indoors or outdoors. “Players and staff can still pick up take away food if it is pre-ordered but they must not wear their team uniform when doing so,” the report read.
The BBL started with matches in Tasmania and Canberra, with five clubs flying from Hobart to Brisbane earlier this week on a chartered flight. All the franchises are living in a bio-secure environment in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.