BBL 2021-22: CA mulling to host remaining tournament in Melbourne

The increasing cases of the Covid 19 have cast doubts and uncertainties over the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL). Owing to this, it is been reported that Cricket Australia might move the remainder of the high-profile tournament to Melbourne. As per a media report, it is been understood that there have been discussions on the same as Melbourne has multiple cricket grounds.

For now, a total of eleven players from Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder teams have returned with Covid positive tests. The report thus further added that if the league is moved to Melbourne then CA will make sure that there will be strict regulations in place with minimum movement and contact with the general public.

“Moving all eight Big Bash League clubs to Melbourne is one scenario Cricket Australia is considering in a bid to complete the season. Even though COVID-19 numbers are rising daily in Victoria, the prospect of using the MCG, Marvel Stadium, St Kilda Cricket Ground, and GMHBA Stadium to turbocharge the last portion of BBL11 is the attraction. The risk of more players being infected in Melbourne could be offset by greater fixture flexibility. With all teams in the same jurisdiction, the schedule could be changed on the run to complete the remaining 33 matches, including finals. One stumbling block would contract with the Gabba, Adelaide Oval, SCG, and Sydney Showgrounds — with tickets already sold for January games — though Cricket Australia could argue the Victorian solution is the only way forward,” said the report from Fox Cricket.

I think common sense would suggest bringing the BBL to one city: Michael Hussey

Previously, former Australia cricketer Michael Hussey had suggested shifting the BBL to Melbourne. According to him, this will provide more flexibility and the schedule can be managed well.

“I think common sense would suggest bringing the whole competition to one city and I think it’s Melbourne. There are four really good grounds here in Melbourne… That way it gives you flexibility with the schedule. That way, if there is a team that has a few cases and that has to sit out, then you can chop and change the schedule.”