The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has given ‘conditional approval’ for the Ashes 2021-2022 to go ahead as per the schedule. The iconic decision comes after the ECB released a statement earlier this week saying that the board will 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 ECB has announced its decision on Friday giving a nod to the Head Coach of England to go ahead with the player’s selection for the Ashes series. “Over recent weeks we have made excellent progress in moving forward on the England Men’s Ashes Tour,” read an ECB statement. “To facilitate further progress and allow a squad to be selected, The ECB Board has met today and given its approval for the tour to go ahead”, A statement released by the ECB stated:
“This decision is subject to several critical conditions being met before we travel. We look forward to the ongoing assistance from Cricket Australia in resolving these matters in the coming days”, ECB added to its statement.
Ashes 2021-2022: Australia to relax border restrictions for the touring team, says CA
The future of the Ashes 2021-2022 came under doubt due to Australia’s existing stringent border rules, mandatory hard quarantine requirements, and the non-allowance of family members to travel with the players for a gruelling 11-week trip.
However, following a series of discussions with Cricket Australia & the Australian Government, the ECB gave a green signal to the commencement of the Ashes series. Australian government confirmed to ECB that it would relax its stringent border restrictions once the country completes the 80% vaccination mark which could happen as early as mid-November.
Ashes 2021-2022 will kick start from December 8
With arch-rivals England & Australia coming into a face-off it is widely expected that a strong England squad will go on tour to reclaim the Ashes. Meanwhile, Joe Root refused to confirm his participation in the Ashes last week is ready to lead the team this winter.
The Ashes 2021-2022 will kick start at the Gabba on December 8, but the status of the fifth and final Test scheduled to be hosted by Perth remains unclear. As Western Australia is unlikely to ease border restrictions even for other Australians, the fifth Test could be shifted from Perth. The possible alternate venues for Ashes could be Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, or Sydney.
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