Desperate for the Ashes to go ahead, Cricket Australia (CA) is ready to assure England players that their families will be allowed to accompany them during the marquee series and the tour will be largely free of Covid bubble restrictions.
Speculations of England players sitting out of the Ashes if their families are not allowed to travel with them is doing rounds for a while now. Due to the COVID-19 situation, the Australian government has imposed stern restrictions which bars the entry of foreign nationals into the country without an exception.
Most of the England players have been in COVID bubbles for the past 18 months and Ben Stokes decision to take an indefinite break from cricket to look after his mental wellbeing underlines how much stress the players have been in. Since Ashes is a long tour, the players want their families to accompany them but the current protocols contradict their demand.
If Ashes does not go Ahead, CA could be pushed to bankruptcy thus the board is keen to do anything for the series to go ahead. As per a report in ‘I’, CA is prepared to offer England a virtually bubble-free tour as long as they accept certain compromises, which includes only socialising outside of their hotels in groups of three or four. The Ashes is set to get underway on December 8 in Brisbane.
Schedule: Men’s Ashes 2021/22
Dec 8-12: 1st Test, Gabba, Brisbane
Dec 16-20: 2nd Test, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide (day/night)
Dec 26-30: 3rd Test, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Jan 5-9: 4th Test, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Jan 14-18: 5th Test, Optus Stadium, Perth
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