Cricket Australia have avoided a possible Big Bash nightmare with leaders Sydney Thunder given clearance to play while in quarantine in Perth.
The BBL schedule was again thrown into doubt on Friday, when Western Australia closed its border to Queensland, backdating safety measures to January 2, after the greater Brisbane region went into lockdown due to a hotel quarantine worker contracting the COVID-19 variant strain.
The Thunder are currently in Perth and due to play the Scorchers on Saturday, after having played the Brisbane Heat in Brisbane on January 4.
The team 's camp was placed into hotel quarantine when the Brisbane scare emerged, but have since been given clearance to play under police direction.
They will only be able to leave their hotel for the game on Saturday, before exiting Western Australia for their next game in Canberra.
Meanwhile, BBL organisers are confident they will be able to get Saturday's clash between the Heat and Sydney Sixers off the ground on the Gold Coast.
The Gold Coast does not fall into the greater Brisbane lockdown, however both teams will be under tighter restrictions after also playing at the Gabba on January 2.
"Both teams are safely located in their bio-secure hub on the Gold Coast and are preparing as normal,'' Queensland Cricket CEO Terry Svenson said.
"Strict provisions will be put in place to ensure the safety of those attending and working at the game.
"Ticket-holders from Greater Brisbane will not be able to attend."
The latest spotfire came as CA solved another scheduling drama, moving the first three games scheduled for Sydney to Canberra.
Officials confirmed games on January 13, 16 and 18 would move to Manuka Oval due to Sydney's COVID-19 outbreak, with five more matches still up in the air.
It means the Thunder and Sixers could miss out on playing at home at all this summer, given every state's borders remain closed to Sydney.
"The logistical complexities of the BBL ... means moving these games gives us the best possible chance of executing a full season," BBL boss Alistair Dobson said.
"This differs from the logistics of the ongoing Test Series, which requires fewer movements across state borders to execute a full series.
"As part of our ongoing monitoring of the situation in Sydney, we will consider whether or not we need to make any decisions on the remaining matches in Sydney."
BIG BASH GAMES MOVED TO MANUKA OVAL
January 13: Sydney Thunder v Sydney Sixers, from Sydney Showground
January 16: Sydney Sixers v Perth Scorchers, from SCG
January 18: Sydney Thunder v Hobart Hurricanes, from Sydney Showground.