Tom Curran will not play for Sydney Sixers in this year’s Big Bash League and instead return home following England’s ongoing tour of South Africa.
The Surrey & England all-rounder was due to return to the Sydney side he has represented in both of the last two seasons again later this month.
Curran would have been available for the defending champions after Christmas, after completing two weeks of hotel quarantine upon entering Australia.
In a letter to Sixers fans, the 25-year-old said: “I’m really sorry not to be playing in this year’s Big Bash.
“As you’ll already know, it’s been a very challenging year and I’ve been in (bio-security) bubbles since July.
“I feel very lucky to play for the Sixers, I have loved my time with you all over the last two seasons and I can promise you, this decision was not taken lightly.
“I will hopefully be back for many years to come, recharged and ready to go again, but for now I just need some time, normality, see family and be home.
“Wishing the team, fans, the staff, and everyone associated with the Sixers the very best of luck for this year’s Big Bash. I’ll be following closely and cheering you on.”
Since turning out as the Sixers leading wicket taker last year, Curran has spent much of 2020 in bio-secure bubbles with England and then the Rajasthan Royals in the United Arab Emirates.