ECB to decide the fate of Ashes 2021-22 this week.
The Ashes 2021-22: The England Cricket Board (ECB) has called on its meetings to discuss the fate of the upcoming mega event in the history of England and Australia cricket. The final take on the Ashes, a test series held between England and Australia, whether the tournament will go as per the plans or not will be taken by this week by the England Cricket.
The tour is under the clouds of danger due to multiple covid restrictions imposed by the Australian government on the players, which are apparently not liked by the Englishmen.
As per the norms put in place by the Aussie government, the English players are uncertain about their families. The multi-format players, who are taking part in the IPL, T20 World Cup are already away from their families for close to four months and the Ashes will push them to remain away for two more months.
Moreover, the travel restrictions and hard quarantine issues are also not favourable for the Englishmen and to which the players have shown their resentment.
A few England players have already stated that they may not travel to Australia for the Ashes if their families are not allowed and the restrictions are not eased.
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Monday said that: “We remain in regular and positive dialogue with Cricket Australia over these arrangements as the picture is constantly evolving.”
The cricket board further stated that all the terms and conditions for the tour will be taken into account but the health and wellbeing of the players and support staff will be paramount.
“With health and wellbeing at the forefront, our focus is to ensure the tour can go ahead with conditions for players and management to perform at their best. We will continue talking to our players this week to share the latest information and seek feedback.”
“Later this week the ECB Board will meet to decide whether the conditions in place are sufficient for the Tour to go ahead and enable the selection of a squad befitting a series of this significance.”
The biggest question lies whether the Australian PM Scott Morrison will ease the restrictions for the cricketers or not. When asked earlier, the same question, Morrison replied, “no special deals” which made the decisions tricky for the ECB and Cricket Australia.