As many as 10 England Test players may end up pulling out of the upcoming Ashes in Australia. Hard quarantine restrictions in Australia is the main reason for the same even as the issue of players travelling with their families persist as well.
It has been understood that England players are in no position to manage with the strict bubble life during such a demanding series. Moreover, their all-format players could end up being in the bubble for six months as IPL and T20 World Cup will be played from September 19 to November 15. They will soon have to travel down under with the Ashes set to begin from December 8.
According to a report in The Daily Telegraph, England squad had a meeting at Headingley this week, and the players were frustrated with there being no development from Cricket Australia’s side regarding the matter. The quarantine rules are very strict in Australia.
Moreover, it has also been reported that Cricket Australia doesn’t have enough influence over the Australian government. To add to it, the states impose ban on travel suddenly if any COVID-19 cases arises at any time which can disturb the pre-series arrangements made for the tour.
On Saturday, CA issued a statement stating that they are working closely with the government and the concerned health officials to deliver the much-awaited summer of 2021-22. “Cricket Australia continues to work closely with the ECB [England and Wales Cricket Board] and government authorities in Australia regarding the upcoming Ashes series, which will be the centrepiece for one of the biggest summers of cricket on record.
“We are currently planning the operational requirements of this tour and working with the ECB on the proposed make-up of the England touring party. As was the case last season, CA will work constructively and in partnership with government to deliver the summer of cricket, while ensuring the health, wellbeing and safety of the community,” the statement read.