England is scheduled to tour Australia later this year for a five-match Ashes Tests series slated to begin from December 8. But thanks to the strict COVID-19 protocols down under, a lot of England cricketers have expressed displeasure regarding staying in bubbles.
With the five-match Test series beginning from 8 December, things are still unclear with several senior English players contemplating the possibility of boycotting the Test series depending on what type of restrictions they have to live in and if their families are not allowed to travel with them.
The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson talked about the issue of a travel ban on the families of England cricketers for the Ashes tour with his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison, on the sidelines of a diplomatic visit to Washington DC.
“I raised it (with Mr Morrison) and he said he was going to do his best for the families. He totally got the point that for cricketers it is very tough to ask people to be away from their families over Christmas. He merely undertook to come back and see if he could find a solution,” Johnson had told reporters in the American capital.
Former England skipper Kevin Pietersen was the latest addition to the bandwagon criticizing the strict protocols as he took to Twitter and made it clear that players have had enough of staying in the bio-bubbles calling the Australian quarantine rules ‘ridiculous.
“There is NO WAY I would go to The Ashes this winter. ZERO chance! Unless the ridiculous quarantine rules were squashed and my family could travel with zero restrictions. Players are now done with bubbles! DONE,” Pietersen wrote on Twitter.
There is NO WAY I would go to The Ashes this winter.
Unless, the ridiculous quarantine rules were squashed and my family could travel with zero restrictions.
Players are now done with bubbles!
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) September 27, 2021