Amidst the current Covid-19 pandemic, Australia has put travel restrictions on people belonging to various countries. The upcoming Ashes series between Australia and England might also see the cricketer’s families not accompanying them to England due to Covid-19 restrictions in Australia.
Former England skipper, Michael Vaughan isn’t too pleased with that and believes that the current ban would lead to a lot of players withdrawing from the tournament.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan talked about the issue in his column for The Daily Telegraph.
“If this situation is not sorted out quickly and the England players allowed to be joined in Australia by their families then the Ashes have to be delayed by a year,” Vaughan wrote.
“If not, it would be a farcical series against an understrength England team.
“The Ashes must be the best against the best.”
The former cricket had earlier called for the cancellation of Ashes 2021 if the families of players are not allowed to travel with them.
The Ashes 2021-22 is scheduled to begin on 8th December 2021. The final match will be played from 14th to 18th January 2021.
“Read reports today that England cricketers may not be able to have family members with them down under this winter… Quite simply if they can’t they should call the Ashes off .. 4 months away from your family is totally unacceptable .. #Ashes,” Vaughan had written on his Twitter handle.
England’s key players such as Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler would already be away from home for four months prior to the start of Ashes as they would also participate in T20 World Cup scheduled in October. And if their families are not allowed to travel to Australia, then they might have to withdraw from the tournament.
“I have absolute sympathy with any player thinking of not going and I would back them all the way if they pulled out because they cannot be with their families at Christmas and New Year,” wrote Vaughan.
“We need the Ashes. But we need the series to be fair and competitive.”