Tom Curran becomes the latest player to pull out of the Big Bash League 2021 in order to get a break from life in biosecure bubbles. The English all-rounder was set to join Sydney Sixers later this month as the T-20 League is set to kick off in the second half of December and last until the first week of February.
Curran conveyed his decision through an open letter to the fans of Sydney Sixers on December 7. The England international admitted that it had been a challenging time to stay in biosecure bubbles for a long time, so he is opting out of BBL 2020 to get a break from spending time in bubbles.
The 25-year-old all-rounder has been playing nonstop cricket since July. He featured for England during the limited overs series against Ireland, Australia, and Pakistan. After completing his national duty, Curran played for Rajasthan Royals during the Indian Premier League 2020. He spent two months with Royals in the UAE.
After the IPL, Curran was selected in the ODI and T-20 squads of England for the tour of South Africa. England played three T-20 games in the last two weeks, but positive cases in both camps have led to the suspension of two one-day international games. The English team is due to fly back on December 10, provided there are no positive cases in the squad.
Curran is not the first English player to take a break from the BBL this year due to bubble fatigue. At the end of last week, Tom Banton also confirmed that he will not participate in the BBL after spending a lot of time in a restricted environment. Banton was part of Kolkata Knight Riders during the IPL campaign from October. He was also part of the England team that is currently in South Africa.