Due to state boundary difficulties, Cricket Australia (CA) has confirmed that five 2021-22 Big Bash League games scheduled at Perth’s Optus Stadium would be moved to other locations. The Western Australian government has implemented travel restrictions as a result of the dramatic increase in Covid-19 cases in New South Wales, which implies that the Perth fixtures will be canceled.

In the two weeks leading up to their scheduled games, all of the teams were intended to travel to Perth through New South Wales or Victoria. The Western Australian government has labeled Victoria as an “extreme danger” state, while New South Wales’ borders would be entirely closed from December 18 onwards.

As things stand, Perth’s game against Hobart on Monday (December 20) has been moved to Blundstone Arena; the games against Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars on December 26 and December 30 will now be played at Marvel Stadium, and the status of the games against Sydney Thunder and Sydney Sixers on January 5 and January 6 has yet to be confirmed.

“We appreciate this is a regrettable decision for the Scorchers’ dedicated fanbase,” Alistair Dobson, Cricket Australia’s General Manager of Big Bash Leagues, stated. “However, in the current environment, we want to give certainty for members, fans, players, match officials, and staff.” While we would have preferred to play these games in Perth, it was simply not viable under the current conditions due to a variety of factors.”

“We appreciate the Scorchers’ patience and understanding in these trying times. We appreciate all of the other affected Clubs, partners, broadcasters, and venues for their continued flexibility as we navigate our way through the season,” he added.

This comes after the fifth Ashes Test, which was previously planned to take place at Perth’s WACA Ground, was rescheduled to Hobart, which will now host the series’ second day-night match after the first in Adelaide. Premier Peter Gutwein said, “This is a famous triumph for Tasmania. This top-level international tournament will be the largest sporting event ever staged by our state.”

“I’d like to express my gratitude to Cricket Tasmania for their support in our bid.” Cricket Australia, too, for how they worked with us on this. And for making the right decision in the best interests of cricket and the game’s development in the country.”