Ashes : ECB confident of getting ‘reasonable’ leniency in quarantine

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Tom Harrison, the ECB’s chief executive, says he is “very confident” that the issues around quarantine requirements for players and families in Australia this winter will be sorted so that England can contest the Ashes.

As a means of combatting the spread of COVID, Australia is limiting entry to the country, resulting in thousands of Australians being unable to return home. Upon arrival in the country, there is a strict quarantine requirement of 14 days in hotel accommodation. Although exemptions are being granted for certain scenarios, arrangements are yet to be finalised for the Ashes this winter.

While it is likely that the England squad will get dispensation to enter Australia for the series which begins on December 8 at the Gabba, the players have been concerned that their families might not be able to join them for at least some part of the tour, as would usually be the case. That would mean being separated from their loved ones for more than two months. For the multi-format players who go to Australia straight from the T20 World Cup, it would be even longer.