Over the weekend, Somerset’s Tom Banton and Surrey’s Tom Curran announced on social media that they will not be participating in this years Big Bash League in Australia due to bio-bubble issues.
Banton has been living in bio-bubbles since July: he was part of England’s limited-over series back in the summer which saw him confined to an on-site hotel room. He then flew over to the United Arab Emirates to play for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League for two months and he is currently in a bio-bubble in South Africa with the England squad for their limited-over series.
Banton would have flown from South Africa to Australia and had to quarantine for two weeks in a hotel before entering the bio-bubble with the rest of the Brisbane Heat squad.
As for Curran, the 25-year-old’s announcement and request to be released from his contract came shortly after.
In a letter to the Sydney Sixers supporters, he said: “I feel very lucky to play for the Sixers, I have loved my time with you all over the last two seasons and I can promise you, this decision was not taken lightly.
“I will hopefully be back for many years to come, recharged and ready to go again, but for now I just need some time, normality, to see family and be home.”
Curran is also out in South Africa with the England party and is growing tired of the bio-bubbles after England series’ in the summer, the IPL and now Cape Town and Paarl.