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05 January 2022

The Brisbane Heat have agreed to postpone tonight’s KFC match after being unable to secure a squad of 13 players due to widespread COVID-19 positive tests within the extended playing squad.

Testing notification delays meant that the full picture of player availability was not apparent until this afternoon when it became clear that a squad could not be provided in time for tonight’s game with 12 players and a coach testing positive following yesterday’s round of PCR tests.

Tonight’s KFC Big Bash League match will be postponed to a date to be confirmed.

The club remains confident however that it will field a 13-man squad for tomorrow night’s BBL game against the Melbourne Renegades at Geelong, with Pakistan international Fakhar Zaman and Melbourne-based local replacement players eligible and available to complement the squad.

The Heat will take a charter flight from the Gold Coast tomorrow morning containing remaining players and coaches and eligible local replacement players.

Ticket holders will be eligible for a full refund. Further information on the refund process will be advised by Ticketek shortly.

All 7 Game and 2 Game Gold Coast members will receive a full refund for this game. The membership team will be in contact via email to coordinate your refund.

Queensland Cricket CEO Terry Svenson thanked all stakeholders for their support and endeavours to try to play the match.

“I know it is disappointing for the players, coaches and staff that were all supportive of trying to stage the game as normal.

“The fans and supporters will be equally saddened that the squad has been affected in this manner and that tonight’s game can’t take place.

“We are working hard now to finalise preparations for the next week for the squad, including those who are currently isolating or ill, and to secure a playing group to compete in matches in that time frame.”

“We will provide whatever support is needed for those players and staff who will be in isolation for seven days.”

“Again, I'd like to thank the medical and off-field teams at both Queensland Cricket and Cricket Australia for their ongoing guidance and support."