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Ashes 2021-22: Is England mulling boycott?

The 2021-22 Ashes is set to take place in Australia from December 8. However, with rigid quarantine rules in place, England is unwilling to comply, throwing the future of the series in doubt.

Ashes 2021-22: Is England mulling boycott?-ayh
London, First Published Sep 16, 2021, 10:19 AM IST
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Fans would be eagerly waiting for the ultimate Test cricket, as Australia and England would lock horns for the Ashes 2021-22, to be played Down Under from December 8. However, the status of the tour remains doubtful.

According to ESPNCricinfo, Cricket Australia is engaged in talks with the England and Wales Cricket Board over the quarantine rules of the English players upon arrival. While the players are against serving a two-week quarantine, besides being confined to their hotel rooms for almost four months, they are also unhappy with the reluctance of ECB, as it is not mulling a postponement for now.

As a result, some senior players and support staff are mulling pulling out of the tour, while the chances are that England could field an understrength squad. However, on the other hand, it is also possible that the entire English side, along with players and support staff, takes a collective decision to call off the tour.

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Ashes 2021-22: Is England mulling boycott?-ayh

The English players are also unwilling to put their families through the complex quarantine rules. Also, with some coming off a nearly four-month bubble life from the Indian Premier League and the ICC World T20, they are not willing to spend the tour Down Under without their families for so long.

Moreover, the nature of the quarantine has also not impressed the fans. They are likely to be allowed out of their hotel rooms for just two-three hours of training.

Besides maintaining the bubble life, which would curb the limitations of inter-state movement, the families might be asked to stay away from the bubble. Though, the two-week rigid quarantine could be mandatory for the families.

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