Sydney: Players taking part in the upcoming Big Bash League will not have the mini bar at their disposal in hotel rooms with Cricket Australia aiming to minimise interaction between staff and cricketers to reduce the risk of any COVID-19 infections.
A "BBL Hub" will be created at the hotels for all stakeholders of the league to minimise exposure to the outside world during the league starting 10 December.
Besides the no mini bar facility, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that the participants will only be allowed enter areas of the "Hub" earmarked for their team.
CA has reasoned that if the mini bar is allowed than restocking of it might lead to interaction between hotel staff and players.
The "Hub" residents can head to the shops to purchase essentials, the paper reported. They are also not allowed to be in the room when housekeeping staff comes for cleaning.
Bio-bubble has become the norm especially in T20 leagues to deal with the pandemic. Players and officials who took part in the IPL had to stay in a strict bi-bubble for close to three months.
The COVID-19 situation, however, is much better in Australia than most countries. The ongoing series between India and Australia is being played in front of fans.
The crowd attendance for the final T20 in Sydney on Tuesday could even see a full house with the local government easing restrictions.
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The Brisbane Test is due to start on 15 January and the quarantine rules will restrict the players to just their hotel rooms after the day's play.
Play was halted for a few minutes at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday after India pacer Mohammed Siraj complained of racial abuse from a section of the crowd, leading to the expulsion of six spectators and an unreserved apology from Cricket Australia.
Pucovski's performance in his first match for the Test side had been a bright spot for the Aussies, who were held to a draw in the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.