The Melbourne Renegades are set to fly to Perth along with captain Aaron Finch despite concerns Western Australia slamming their border shut on Victoria could have impacted the Big Bash League.
The Renegades are scheduled to take a full complement from the Gold Coast to Perth ahead of Sunday’s clash with the Scorchers.
That is despite a concern Finch may have been impacted by the closure of the WA border in the wake of Victoria’s latest COVID-19 outbreak.
Under regulations that came into effect overnight, anyone who has been in Victoria since December 21 is not allowed in to WA.
Finch was among a group of players to spend some time at home over Christmas before rejoining the Renegades’ hub.
Renegades coach Michael Klinger however was not aware of any potential issues in the wake of Friday’s rain-affected seven-run loss to the Sydney Thunder at Metricon Stadium.
“We’re all on a plane tomorrow so that’s all fine,” Klinger said.
When asked if an exemption had to be granted to Finch, Klinger said he was unaware but knew all members of the team were set to be on their flight to Perth.
“We just follow the rules. We just got told we’re getting on a plane tomorrow,” Klinger said.
“The whole team’s going.
“We’re all just going in a normal hub scenario in Perth like we were probably going to go anyway.”
The Scorchers flew back to Perth on Friday, with the Sydney Sixers set to travel to WA following their clash with Brisbane at the Gabba on Saturday.
The Sixers are scheduled to play in Perth on Wednesday.
Several Melbourne Stars players also visited Victoria before Christmas, but they do not travel to Perth for any games this season.
They have, however, been told to keep their distance from Hobart players while in Tasmania, given the Hurricanes have upcoming games in Western Australia.
Earlier this week Alex Carey, Harry Conway and Nic Maddinson each missed a game in Queensland after they had spent time in the NSW hot spot and were unable to get to Brisbane before borders closed.
BBL matches scheduled to be played in Sydney later this month are also looking increasingly likely to have to be moved, with cross-border travel involving NSW set to prove an significant challenge for the time being.