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County Championship ‘not classed as elite sport’

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Fast bowler has to quarantine and now expected to play in early May

Billy Stanlake, the Australia fast bowler, has been prevented from making his Derbyshire debut this week as the County Championship is not considered “elite sport”.

Stanlake arrived in England on Sunday and was hoping to play in the Championship match against Nottinghamshire starting on Thursday. But while that would have been fine if he had been hoping to play in the T20 Blast – or, indeed, the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy – which have government exemptions on the grounds of being deemed elite sport, the County Championship holds no such status. As a result, Stanlake is required to serve a period in quarantine.

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