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Hotel quarantine stopping Big Bash imports from training

Strikers star Rashid Khan won’t get out of hotel quarantine untinl days before the Big Bash opener (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
Strikers star Rashid Khan won’t get out of hotel quarantine untinl days before the Big Bash opener (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Big Bash imports are being subjected to strict quarantine rules leaving them unable to train and some, like star spinner Rashid Khan, won’t exit until just days before their opening match as officials jump another COVID-19 hurdle.

Khan only arrived in Australia on Monday and will have to complete a full 14-day hotel quarantine before linking up with his Adelaide Strikers teammates three days before the first match in Hobart on December 11.

The release of the full BBL fixture on Monday included games in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth in January with officials confident they have structured the season in a way which ensures they can “get in” to any states with ongoing border restrictions.

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Chartered planes will be used until the safety of players can be guaranteed on commercial flights and Big Bash boss Alistair Dobson conceded it was a large added expense but a neccesasary one to “deliver the matches we have scheduled”.

While the touring Indian players were given exemptions to train and prepare for the limited overs series against Australia which begins on Friday, individual players arriving for the Big Bash were not.

Clubs have signed internationals players from England, the West Indies, New Zealand, South Africa and Afghanistan and Dobson said it remained a “24/7 project” to get them in for the start of the season on December 10.

There are currently 12 players and a coach already in Australian completing quarantine, but most only arrived last weekend and will be limited to four or five days preparation with their teammates.

England’s James Vince is one of a dozen players stuck in hotel quarantine before the Big Bash (Photo by Scott Gardiner/Getty Images)
England’s James Vince is one of a dozen players stuck in hotel quarantine before the Big Bash (Photo by Scott Gardiner/Getty Images)

The West Indies are in New Zealand for T20 and Test series. The trans-Tasman travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand should allow any Big Bash bound players to enter the country without serving quarantine.

“There are some players that have arrived ands are doing their 14 days. They are in the regular overseas quarantine in different states. ,” Dobson said.

“It will be a different preparation, it will be tough on a number of levels. But the importance of that process is crticial to the country.”

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Russell Gould is a senior Herald Sun sportswriter with nearly 20 years experience across a wide variety of sports from cricket to golf to rugby league to horse racing and AFL, writing both news and in depth fea… Read more

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A Pandemic Isn’t Stopping New York City’s Vacation Set

Over the weekend, Donald Trump suggested that the tristate area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut could be placed under quarantine before taking a milder route and asking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue an advisory for the area to “refrain from non-essential domestic travel” for the next two weeks. For New York City’s wealthy part-time residents with the means to flee, that could leave a question open: Even if the federal government hasn’t formally imposed an unenforceable travel ban that prevents you from leaving the city, should you?

To read the comments on a Saturday Instagram post from influencer Naomi Davis, the wisdom of the crowd is a resounding no. Davis, who posts under the nickname Taza, said she, her husband, and their five kids had packed up their RV on Friday to head west, writing, “Hopefully a little change of apartment scenery will be just what we need.”

“I’m so scared that this decision will influence your followers to do the same,” one commenter wrote.

The impulse to broadcast one’s distance from the fray has crossed multiple strata of the moneyed, from those rich enough to leave their family-sized city homes behind to those who can wait out the pandemic in ocean isolation. While one enduring image of the pandemic will be the health care workers doing their best with a dangerous shortage of supplies, another may be David Geffen recording his contentment aboard his yacht on Saturday. “Sunset last night,” he wrote on Instagram. “Isolated in the Grenadines avoiding the virus. I’m hoping everybody is staying safe.” (Maybe the tides are changing ever so slightly: Geffen went private after the inevitable blowback, and he now appears to have deactivated or deleted his account.)

By this stage of the pandemic, it’s a familiar discussion. Reports have surfaced from the Catskills, Hamptons, and Nantucket about the brewing backlash to the New York vacation set departing the American crisis’s epicenter. Meanwhile, back at home, a surreal scene continues to unfold as tents are built in Central Park to house COVID-19 patients. And as the New York Post reported over the weekend, two of Mount Sinai Hospital’s top executives, Kenneth Davis and Arthur Klein, are managing the health care network from Florida vacation homes. “As a front line healthcare worker who has rearranged my family for their safety,” the doctor Dara Kass tweeted on Sunday morning, “I think @MountSinaiNYC should have to answer why their leadership has retreated to #Miami rather than stand in solidarity with their employees in #NYC during #COVID19.” (Davis, who told the Post that he had been in Florida “before this started,” said his doctor told him not to return to New York because of his age.)

If New York City serves as a preview of what could happen across the country as the virus spreads, it might be in this regard too. On Friday, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo announced that all cars with New York plates would be stopped on their

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