Ashes starts this year on December 8 in Brisbane.© AFP
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has intervened to ensure that the forthcoming As series against Australia continues later this year, as planned. Johnson discussed the issue of a travel ban on the families of England’s cricketers with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Both prime ministers of their respective countries met over dinner during a diplomatic visit to Washington DC. As remains in doubt after a number of English players expressed concern about strict quarantine protocols in which they are likely to be during the tour.
“I discussed it with Mr Morrison and he said he would do his best for the families. He totally got the idea that it is very difficult for cricketers to ask people to be away from their families during Christmas. “He simply undertook to come back and see if he could find a solution,” ESPNcricinfo told Johnson.
In response, Morrison said: ‘I would like to see how the ashes go, as I shared with Boris last night. But there are no special offers. I do not see a big difference in skilled workers or students will be able to come to Australia if you reach the vaccination rates. “
International travel will resume when Australia achieves 80 per cent double vaccination for more than 16 years.
Earlier, English pacemaker Stuart Broad confirmed he would travel to Australia for the upcoming Ashes, provided he stays fit.
Negotiations are underway between the ECB and the CA and both boards are trying to find compromises on quarantine and life arrangements during the two-month journey.
The Ashes between England and Australia start on December 8 in Brisbane.
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