The ABL is frustrated with the slow-moving ACT government, which has finally reached out to the Canberra Cavalry to find out what documentation they need.
Even though they were given those details a month ago.
But it might have come too late, with just a week remaining before Cavalry imports need to arrive in Australia to begin their two-week quarantine on November 27.
The Cavalry hit off their season with an away trip to play the Perth Heat on December 18 and their imports would need at least a week to prepare - hence the deadline.
Their first home series will see two teams split four games across the Boxing Day and New Year period - one of which will see the Sydney Blue Sox and their two-time World Series winner Manny Ramirez come to Canberra.
Details were still being finalised on Thursday night, with the ABL hoping to release the draw on Friday.
Ramirez could help bring in the New Year at Narrabundah Ballpark, which currently has it's capacity restricted to 1000 fans.
ABL chief executive Cam Vale said the state governments of the five other teams had all provided the appropriate paperwork, which was needed to gain entry approval for overseas players from the Federal Department of Home Affairs.
The Cavalry first told the ACT government they needed a letter of approval on October 19, with the government contacting them late Wednesday night to ask what they needed - after two reports in The Canberra Times.
Cavalry management were concerned they wouldn't have time to bring the 10 imports they've signed - including three former Major Leaguers - with airfares skyrocketing and hotel quarantine spots rapidly diminishing.
Vale was full of praise for the Cavalry and said the ABL would support them "as best they can".
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But he conceded it would be a "significant hit" if the Cavalry were unable to bolster their Australian playing stocks with international talent.
Especially given the ABL were looking at relocating Geelong-Korea to Canberra at one stage due to Victoria being in lockdown, before the Asian team was forced to pull out due to the logistical nightmare caused by the coronavirus.
"It's certainly frustrating because we've worked through the other five states at the moment with their relevant exemptions," Vale said.
"We would've hoped we would be ready by now to lodge the right and correct application process to have the international players the Cavalry are seeking to get into the country."
The ABL have spent the past week re-doing their draw following the withdrawals of not only Geelong-Korea, but the Auckland Tuatara as well.
It's hoped it will be released on Friday - including games played in Adelaide - although discussions were still taking place late Thursday night.
The Cavalry will start with a trip across the Nullarbor and then they'll be at home on Boxing Day, with four games split across two teams and running through to the New Year.
Ramirez's Blue Sox will be one of those sides, giving Canberra an early look at the former Boston Red Sox outfielder, who won two World Series (2004, 2007) - including most valuable player in one - and nine silver slugger awards.
The 48-year-old has career earnings in excess of $283 million.