The English and Welsh Cricket Board (ECB) has promised the English players that they will do everything possible to ensure that they can travel to Australia with their families for the upcoming As 2021-22.
The iconic series starts from December 8 and England players travel straight from the T20 World Cup 2021 held in the UAE and Oman. This comes after reports suggest that several English players have expressed concern about the Australian Government’s strict COVID protocols, which have made it difficult for families of cricketers to travel to the country separately.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan even felt that the upcoming Ashes series could be one-sided, as it is possible that many players could switch off to visit the tour, taking into account mental health issues, given the strict protocols in Australia, which a strict 14-day stricture includes quarantine on arrival and does not allow family members to travel with the players.
ECB to discuss planning and operational requirements with Cricket Australia: ECB says player and management’s welfare value
The ECB has promised to discuss the possibility of players accompanying their wives and partners on a tour of Australia for the Ashes series starting on 8 December.
“With the welfare of players and management of paramount importance, the ECB will in the coming weeks discuss planning and operational requirements with Cricket Australia and how they want to implement their policies in partnership with state and federal governments,” said the ECB and the Professional Cricket Players’ Association (PCA) in a joint statement.
“This week, several meetings were held between the English men’s players, the ECB and Team England Player Partnership to discuss preliminary plans for the tour to Australia later in the year,” added them in the statement.
The ECB has been proactive in keeping players’ welfare and mental health a priority and has seen players rotate through the tour to the subcontinent, which includes six Test matches – two in Sri Lanka and four in India – as well as one-day matches and T20 – matches in India.
Players in England even withdrew from the Indian Premier League (IPL) to return home when India faced a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and suffered a ridiculous number of cases every day.
‘All stakeholders are committed to making the well – being of players and staff a top priority and finding the right solutions that enable the England team to compete with the best players and to the highest possible standard that the Ashes – series deserves, ” they continued.