Heavy rain and state border closures have plunged the BBL into another "logistical nightmare", with the Omicron COVID-19 variant looming large ahead of Sunday night's season-opener.
The majority of the Twenty20 league's international recruits have already arrived in Australia, with Melbourne Stars' Qais Ahmad among the exceptions as he continues to play the Abu Dhabi T10.
Cricket Australia had already introduced additional protocols for foreign stars, such as effectively barring them from training with teammates for a week after touching down, to try to shield the competition from the coronavirus.
But the prospect of further restrictions, be it at state government or CA level, remains on the cards.
There has already been much scrambling behind the scenes to ensure the show, set to start with the SCG clash between Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Stars, goes on.
State border restrictions have prevented Brisbane Heat, Hobart Hurricanes and Perth Scorchers' squads assembling at home.
The Hurricanes were set to play a warm-up game against the Sixers in Sydney then face the Heat in Coffs Harbour, only for wet weather to ruin both plans.
Matthew Wade's side will instead call Melbourne home then travel to Launceston for their first BBL game on December 8, which will be played under fly-in, fly-out arrangements similar to this year's AFL matches.
"It's been a bit of a logistical nightmare for us," Hobart paceman Nathan Ellis told AAP.
"It could change in the next hour or so, who knows.
"There's naturally a little bit of nervousness around it (the new COVID-19 variant of concern).
"Ideally players don't want to be in bubbles, but we'll do anything to play.
"Being a modern-day cricketer is about rolling with the punches, being ready to pack up and leave if needed."
BBL teams were stuck in biosecurity bubbles throughout the 2020-21 season, with Sydney Sixers skipper Moises Henriques among many upbeat those days are done.
"Hopefully they just move the whole tournament to Sydney and Melbourne," Henriques quipped.
"We can all just live freely, that'd be ideal.
"But we understand that'd be obviously a big challenge for everyone else.
"If things do get tighter, obviously it's not going to be ideal ... we just want players, players' families, fans and everyone involved in cricket to be able to enjoy the game."
Sydney Thunder spinner Chris Green, having spent a total of 50 days in quarantine as a T20 gun for hire, echoed that sentiment while noting bubbles aren't sustainable.
Colin Munro (Perth), Ben Duckett (Brisbane) and Chris Jordan (Sydney Sixers) are among the international recruits currently treading water in Sydney.
The Scorchers are set to host matches at Optus Stadium on December 8 and 20, but the fate of their other home games is yet to be decided.
"We might have one of the toughest schedules in terms of travelling around a little bit. We don't really have a set base," Munro said, preparing to join teammates in Perth on December 7.
"We're professional players and will just get on with it."
Australian Associated Press
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