Sydney: England all-rounder Tom Curran has announced on Monday that he will not return to Australia to play in the Big Bash League this year.
“It’s been a very challenging year and I’ve been in the bubbles since July,” Curran said in a letter to fans of the Sydney Sixers.
“I will hopefully be back, recharged and ready to go again for many years to come, but for the time being I need some time, mediocrity, to see family and be home.”
Curran spent two months in the biological safety bubble of the United Arab Emirates, which hosted the Indian Premier League this year – before traveling to his native South Africa for an ongoing tour of England.
The 25-year-old had to return to Sydney after Christmas to face another two weeks of hotel exclusivity before rejoining the team.
“I feel very fortunate to play for the Sixers. I have loved my time with you over the last couple of years and I can assure you, this decision has not been taken lightly,” he said.
Sixers general manager Jodie Hawkins said the travel restrictions “caused a loss” for players worldwide, adding: “We understand Tom’s need for a break.”
Curran was the top wicket taker for the Sixers, the reigning Big Bash League champion.

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