The upcoming Ashes series is due to start from December 8 at Gabba in Brisbane. Perth, which is scheduled to host the fifth Test, may not be able to host the match. Western Australia Premier Mark has McGowan put forth stern COVID-19 restrictions due to the threat of a new variant of COVID-19 Omicron.
The Test match at Perth was always in doubt due to hard quarantine norms and restrictions for visiting teams. The problems though compounded due to Omicron. Bad weather is also not helping the cause.
The Ashes was under some serious threat due to stern restriction but after several rounds of negotiations, the series was given a green signal. As per the rules, the players will have to serve 14 days in quarantine. Also, the families of the players won’t be allowed to accompany them. With such rules in place, it will be interesting to see if the players are keen on playing the series.
“We have put in place very strict rules,” said McGowan. “We’ve said to them, ‘you need to have 14 days’ quarantine’. And that has to apply to all the broadcast staff, the cricket staff. They can’t just bring wives and girlfriends with them. It’s up to them whether they want to adhere to those rules or not.”