Cricket-England gives conditional approval for Ashes tour of Australia
October 8 (Reuters) – The England cricket team will tour Australia for their round of five Ashes tests from December, subject to several critical conditions being met before their trip, the England and Country Cricket Council said on Friday. of Wales (BCE).
“Over the past few weeks we have made excellent progress in advancing the England Men’s Ashes Tour. To facilitate further progress and allow a team to be selected, the ECB’s Board of Directors s ‘is gathered today and has given its approval for the tour to continue. This decision is subject to several critical conditions before our trip, “the ECB said in a statement.
“We look forward to continued assistance from Cricket Australia in resolving these issues in the coming days.”
HQ, ECB and Australian authorities have been negotiating for many months on tour conditions in a country where international arrivals must self-isolate in quarantine hotels for 14 days, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status .
A major issue was whether family members could join English players in Australia during Christmas and New Years. The country’s borders are effectively closed to non-nationals and non-permanent residents.
England captain Joe Root had also previously expressed doubts about the tour due to “bubble fatigue”.
Australian media reported authorities were offering English players, staff and families the use of a Gold Coast complex in Queensland state for quarantine ahead of the opening test in Brisbane on December 8. .
Families arriving for the Christmas season can be accommodated at a Yarra Valley resort on the outskirts of Melbourne before the Boxing Day test begins on December 26, the Sydney Morning Herald reported on Tuesday.
The tour is pouring around A $ 200 million ($ 146.14 million) into Cricket Australia’s coffers, according to local media estimates.
England will take part in the Twenty20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Oman from this month before heading to Australia, likely keeping some players who compete in both competitions away from home for four months.
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(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar and Dhruv Munjal in Bengaluru; editing by Andrew Heavens and Christian Radnedge)
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