Ashes Series 2021: Cricket Australia is hopeful that the upcoming Ashes series will be played in full attendance despite a rise in the Covid-19 cases in the country. The chief executive of Cricket Australia, Nick Hockley is confident that the series would be implemented as planned and with the fans making their presence felt inside the stadiums.
“At the moment, based on vaccination rates, we’re very hopeful we’ll be able to have crowds,” Hockley told Melbourne radio station SEN.
“The Ashes is so big, every Test has its own unique character. In the first instance we’ll be doing everything we can to play the schedule as planned and very hopeful and optimistic that we will have crowds,” Hockley added.
“We have a range of protocols that fit any given circumstance and we’ll react accordingly.”
Hockley went on to touch the concern regarding allowing the families of England players on the tour. As of now, Hockley is optimistic that the Australian government will allow the families to travel. Given the protocols being imposed by Australia amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, a lot of English players might pull out of the Ashes 2021 if their families aren’t allowed to travel on the tour.
“We’re working sensitively and constructively with governments to try and put in the best possible plans for players and support staff for both the England squad and our own squad,” he said.
“We’ll continue to work through the appropriate channels to try and get support for families to join the tour.
“Both us and the ECB want to field our best possible teams with optimal conditions for them to compete at their absolute best, in what is ultimately the biggest stage in world cricket” he concluded.
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