Perth Scorchers are hopeful that quarantine exemptions could be forthcoming as they seek to take a taxing path to a Big Bash League title.
The Scorchers, having lost Saturday night’s qualifying final in Canberra, will fly back to Perth and host Thursday night’s semi-final.
If they are able to book a rematch against Sydney Sixers, the three-time champions will then fly east for Saturday’s SCG final.
Western Australia has eased restrictions on travellers from Victoria and Queensland but anybody coming from NSW is currently required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Such arrangements would be a bitter blow for Western Australia and Perth coach Adam Voges, whose charges are scheduled to start their one-day campaign on February 16.
Ashton Turner, who is among the group of Scorchers heading to New Zealand after the BBL for Australia’s Twenty20 tour, noted his squad is always hopeful about exemptions.
“That’s a lot of the reason we’re in such strict bubbles at the moment, to give ourselves the best opportunity to get exemptions,” Turner said after Perth’s nine-wicket defeat in Canberra.
“Quarantine sucks. There’s no two ways about it, nobody wants to do it.
“We’ve done a couple of stints so far. Some guys have done more than others.”
The Scorchers skipper added that his team only have themselves to blame.
“We had opportunities to win games of cricket and we haven’t been good enough to do that. So we have to bear that (quarantine),” he said.
“We had a golden opportunity to put ourselves in a really good position to win this tournament and it just feels like we’ve let it slip.
“That being said, we’ve got to get on a flight back home and dust ourselves off.”
Perth were in the box seat to top the table at the start of their last regular-season match but they dropped Sixers’ match-winner James Vince twice on Saturday night.
The upside is that they are hosting a final at Optus Stadium, something Turner admitted had been in extreme doubt leading up to the 10th edition of the BBL.
“We didn’t know if there was going to be any opportunity to play games at home,” he said.
“We felt very fortunate (to play regular-season games in Perth), feel really lucky we’re getting another opportunity.”