Due to COVID-related constraints, England’s cricketers, who play both Tests and limited-overs cricket, might be separated from their families for four months.
Starting in September, England has a demanding international calendar. They will play limited-overs matches in Bangladesh and Pakistan to preparation for the T20 World Cup, which will be held in October and November. For the Ashes, which begin on December 8, the Test players will have to convene in Australia in the second half of November.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, England’s cricketers are concerned about the possibility of having to play The Ashes without their families in Australia.
As a preventive measure in the face of COVID-19, Australia’s borders are temporarily closed to international passengers. On behalf of the ECB, Cricket Australia (CA) is attempting to obtain government approval for England players’ families to travel with them. However, there has been little progress in this area as of yet.In the meantime, Indian players are in the United Kingdom with their families for a long and arduous tour. Because of the large gap between the end of the WTC final and the commencement of the five-match Test series against England, Indian cricketers will have a short respite from the bio-bubble after the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand. The first Test between India and England will begin on August 4 in Nottingham.
We are delighted to confirm that the ECB and our international venues are working with the Government to increase capacities at the Royal London Series ODIs and Vitality IT20s against Pakistan and Sri Lanka
— England and Wales Cricket Board (@ECB_cricket) June 21, 2021
Playing Ashes sans family would be a major challenge: Jos Buttler is a wicketkeeper-batsman for England.
Jos Buttler, England’s wicketkeeper-batsman, has conceded that winning the Ashes without their family around would be a huge struggle. When asked if he expects the team’s family to accompany them to Australia, Buttler said:
73* 🏏— England Cricket (@englandcricket) June 21, 2021
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