Ian Chappell gets kicked out of the Adelaide Oval?
When Pigs Fly.
Except yes, in these bizarre and disturbing times, it actually happened tonight.
The Australian cricket legend – who has a ground stand named after him – was performing his commentary duties for the ABC on day two of the first test against India.
But as a resident of Sydney Northern Beaches, the government of South Australia has come to strike as the toll of the COVID-19 cluster continued to increase.
And in dramatic scenes, Chappell, 77, has been asked to leave his beloved land and self-isolate before undertaking a COVID test tomorrow.
He is not sure whether he will stay in Adelaide afterwards or return to Sydney.
“I’m not sure the problem is the postcode (Sydney residential),” said Chappell Great world of sport.
“I haven’t been to any of the places (with known COVID contacts) but once they asked about the Northern Beaches local government area, I had to say ‘yes’ to that.
“It started things.
“I don’t have a clue yet.
“I’ll just take the test and see what happens in the morning.”
Ian Chappell, kicked out of the Adelaide Oval …
“It’s weird, but that’s life right now,” he said.
Earlier today, former Australian paceman Brett Lee suffered the same feat.
Lee is a resident of Northern Beaches and one of many on staff at both Fox Sports and Channel 7 broadcasters who were sent home after the cluster.
According to The telegraph of the dayLee is not showing any symptoms of the virus and has not visited any of the notified hot spots.
Cricket Australia sent an urgent service note to all media covering the first test that had visited the northern beaches in the past three weeks to contact them as soon as possible.
Smith falls to Ashwin Peach
But Cricket Australia’s strict biosecurity protocols saved Mitchell Starc from sensational removal from the first test.
Starc and his wife Alyssa Healy live on the northern beaches, but were allowed to stay in Adelaide despite arriving after December 11.
Starc and Healy were granted an exemption from the South Australian government due to strict CA protocols that required the pair to self-isolate for three days before joining the Australian test bubble after Starc took time off due to family illness.
“This is the very reason why throughout the summer we have had players in bubbles and hubs, and we have already had an extremely successful summer,” said Nick Hockley, CEO of Interim Cricket Australia , at SEN this week.