Ashes 2021-22: ECB gives conditional approval to Men’s Tour

The 2021-22 Ashes series is scheduled to be played in Australia between 8 December 2021 and 18 January 2022

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Friday, October 08, 2021, 10:59 PM IST
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The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday gave its 'conditional' approval for the England Men's Ashes Tour in Australia to go ahead.

The decision was made in a meeting held by the ECB Board today and was subject to 'several critical conditions being met before the team travels.'

"Over recent weeks we have made excellent progress in moving forward on the England Men's Ashes Tour.

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. This decision is subject to several critical conditions being met before we travel." read the ECB statement.

Earlier, Cricket Australia had been negotiating with authorities and ECB with regards to travel conditions and whether families of players' can visit them during the period of Christmas and New Year.

Besides, Australia's quarantine rules which mandates a 14-day hotel quarantine period even for the fully vaccinated had irked many from the English side.

Australia Captain Tim Paine, however had said that the Ashes would get underway regardless of some England players' apprehensions and reluctance to travel.

The 2021-22 Ashes series is scheduled to be played in Australia between 8 December 2021 and 18 January 2022. Australia will be the defending holders of the Ashes heading into the series, having lifted the coveted urn in the 2017-18 series with the 2019 edition concluding in a draw. The series will be part of the 2021-2023 World Test Championship.

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