Xavier Bartlett, Max Bryant, Ben Duckett, Liam Guthrie, Matthew Kuhnemann, Chris Lynn, Nathan McSweeney, Mark Steketee and Jack Wildermuth have been cleared to make a return to the playing arena tomorrow evening after spending the past seven days in isolation since returning positive COVID-19 tests.
The Heat have confirmed an 18-player squad for tomorrow night’s game, with five Local Replacement Players named, including wicket-keeper Lachy Pfeffer, spinners Paddy Dooley and Jack Wood, batter Jake Lehmann and paceman David Grant.
Brisbane will have two squads train separately tonight at the Gabba, with the replacement player squad that has played the past two matches, and the group that was emerged from isolation.
The Heat still has players and coach Wade Seccombe who are displaying symptoms or have not been cleared to return at this stage.
Pakistan international Fakhar Zaman has been training in Melbourne and will re-join the squad for their MCG clash with the Melbourne Stars on Sunday. He is currently unable to enter Queensland under State Government border entry rules until he has spent 14 days in Australia.
In addition to wearing their Indigenous playing strips as part of the BBL’s First Nations Round, Heat players will also attach teal ribbons to their shirts to help raise awareness for the club’s major charity partner, Ovarian Cancer Australia.
Fans will be encouraged at the match to donate to OCA to assist them with raising vital funds for treatment, research, and support. Ovarian cancer is the deadliest female cancer in Australia with a low 46% survival rate.
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Brisbane Heat v Adelaide Strikers, Tomorrow, 6.15pm (Qld time)
Heat Squad (Jan 11)
Ben Duckett (int)
Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Int)
Tomorrow night's game will be the second match for the Heat in the First Nations Round, with the team wearing its special Indigenous strip, before auctioning the unique shirts to raise money for the Queensland Cricket Foundation.
The Indigenous design for the Heat playing strips is the result of a collaboration between Heat WBBL player Mikayla Hinkley and Brisbane Indigenous artist, Delores McDonald (“Aunty Delly”).
The Heat will again run a First Nations version of the popular StreetSmarts Innings Break Show at the Gabba on Wednesday to celebrate first nations art and music.
The light and sound show will include music tracks by First Nations artists including The Kid LAROI, Jessica Mauboy, Thelma Plum, Yothu Yindi and Baker Boy as well big screen and LED animation and lighting projection featuring artwork created by Brisbane Indigenous artist, Delores McDonald (“Aunty Delly”).
The stories behind the Heat’s Indigenous jersey design:
· Front: flames of Heat logo, Gabba circle with players sitting, circle represents harmony and unity, bringing players and fans together.
· Back: Brisbane River with its abundance of foods, plus animal and human tracks. Rainbow serpent/snake represents both male and female. Circle represents Gabba, plus roads travelled to and from it by teams.
· Sleeve: Centre circle is Gabba, alongside other water holes which used to be near the ground. 87 black strokes on red earth represent the wickets taken by Aboriginal great, Eddie Gilbert (23 games for Qld).