Sydney Thunder, Captain Rachael Haynes, has been withdrawn from the entire WBBL due to a combination of injuries, border closures, and parental leave, provided the quarantine regime for people leaving New South Wales is not changed.
Haynes suffered a hamstring injury during the third ODI between Australia and India. At Mackay last month and was excluded from the remainder of the series. Including the day-night event and three T20 internationals.
She returned to New South Wales to be with her partner Leah Poulton. When she gave birth to their son Hugo. Haynes had always planned to miss the first part of the WBBL to be with his family. But residents of New South Wales are still not allowed to leave the state. Without completing a harsh 14-day hotel quarantine due to the Covid19 outbreak in the state.
Players from New South Wales and Victoria had to go through 14 days of quarantine. This week before the tournament began in Tasmania.
Haynes has decided to miss the tournament unless there are changes to the schedule or conditions.
“I understand the schedule needed to be rejigged due to the ongoing border closures. However, the fact it means Sydney Thunder will be on the road for the entire duration of the WBBL. Along with the mandatory 14 days in quarantine – left me with no alternative but to make myself unavailable,” Haynes said.
Haynes said he will continue to rehabilitate his hamstring. So he can play later in the tournament in the unlikely event that state lines are opened.
“As much as I want to be with the team, leaving Leah and Hugo at this stage for such a long period wouldn’t be fair on us as a family,” Haynes said. “I’ve spoken to all the players and staff, and they’ve been extremely supportive of my decision.
“It just shows that in matters of the heart, the heart wins. However, I am doing my hamstring rehabilitation with the intention that I can put myself forward to play, but it would be much later in the season and contingent on state borders opening up.”
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