MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 13: James Pattinson of the Melbourne Renegades prepares to bowl during the BIg Bash League match between the Melbourne Renegades and the Brisbane Heat at Etihad Stadium on January 13, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Melbourne Renegades fast bowler James Pattinson won't take any further part in the Big Bash this season as he turns his attention to the Sheffield Shield.

Pattinson has featured for the Renegades just once since December 29, having battled ongoing soreness that has kept him sidelined.

The veteran pace bowler is among a plethora of players that won't be part of the new BBL bubble in Victoria, which Cricket Australia has implemented to prolong the competition's chances of reaching a conclusion.

According to Fox Sports' Tom Morris, Pattinson will look to rejuvenate ahead of the Sheffield Shield's return as Victoria look to improve on their undefeated start to the season.

Pattinson won't be the only international star departing the Renegades camp, with Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi returning home for personal reasons.

Adelaide Strikers superstar Rashid Khan will also depart the league as he prepares for his nation's ODI series against the Netherlands, likely along with Nabi.

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Sixers allrounder Shadab Khan is also set to leave the BBL ahead of the upcoming PSL, which will begin later this month.

The Hurricanes and Stars have also lost glovemen due to the new bubble changes, with opening batsman Matthew Wade remaining in Hobart, while Peter Nevill has returned home.

The extensive list changes come amid the COVID-19 pandemic's tightened grip on the BBL, with players at almost every franchise being directly impacted.

Cricket Australia announced on Monday that the BBL will look to utilise a pool of replacement players to aid sides that are undermanned due to health and safety protocols.