ECB gives green signal to men’s Ashes tour with few terms and conditions.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) after rounds of meetings confirmed the approval of the Men’s Ashes tour 2021-22 on Saturday. However, the cricket board has placed some terms and conditions before the English contingent will fly to Australia.
Owing to strict and irritating quarantine rules in Australia, the cancellation of the Men’s Ashes tour was doing rounds on social media with several cricketers asking the hosts to cut down on the severe covid protocols.
The ECB in a statement, on Saturday, provided a conditional approval to the big tour, scheduled to be held in December in Australia.
“Over recent weeks we have made excellent progress in moving forward on the England men’s Ashes tour,” the statement said.
“To facilitate further progress and allow a squad to be selected, the ECB board has met today and given its approval for the tour to go ahead. This decision is subject to several critical conditions being met before we travel.
“We look forward to the ongoing assistance from Cricket Australia in resolving these matters in the coming days.”
The Englishmen are concerned about living away from their families for a long period. Multi-format players such as Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and others will have to be away from their families for around five to six months due to multiple tours and ICC events.
Buttler has already made clear that he will not tour Australia without his wife and children. It is noteworthy that Jos and his wife Louise gave birth to a baby boy last month. The cricketer will participate in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in October and following which they will fly to Australia if certain required conditions are met by the Australian Cricket Board.