Big Bash teams fine to cross WA border

Scott Bailey
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Cricket Australia has survived Western Australia's border closure to Victoria, with the Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Sixers to play under police directions.

The fate of five Big Bash matches in Perth was thrown into question late last week when Western Australia back-dated their border closure to December 21.

It meant anyone who had been in Victoria since that date would have to serve two weeks' quarantine on entry, effectively ruling them out of matches.

Renegades captain Aaron Finch was one player to return home to Victoria before Christmas, while the Sixers had a coach enter from the state.

Several other members of both camps also had families and partners enter the hub over the Christmas break, effectively making them close contacts.

However CA has successfully managed to gain them entry into the state, with the Renegades to play the Scorchers on Sunday and Sixers on Wednesday while largely only leaving the hotel to play or train.

The conditions are similar to those experienced by AFL teams during the 2020 season for games played in Perth.

The only man unable to play is the Renegades' Pakistan spinner Imad Wasim, given he was in New Zealand 14 days ago and Western Australia does not have a travel bubble there.

Wasim was therefore set to miss Sunday afternoon's match, with teenage Afghan spinner Noor Ahmed called in.

The Scorchers, Hobart Hurricanes and Sydney Thunder - who all play games in Perth over the next nine days - are not believed to have any issues.