'No special deals' for families of England cricketers on Ashes tour: Australia PM

Somya Kapoor

Somya Kapoor

Author| Sep 23, 11:24 AM

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Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said that there will be "no special deals" for the families of the English cricketers during the Ashes Down Under. Morrison's counterpart from the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, had asked for the families of England cricketers to accompany them on the tour for Ashes. 

"I would love to see the Ashes go ahead, as I shared with Boris last night," Morrison said.

“But there's no special deals there, because what we're looking to have is vaccinated people being able to travel,” he added. 

"I raised it and he said he was going to do his best for the families. He merely undertook to come back and see if he could find a solution,” Johnson told reporters.

“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.”

The Ashes series is slated to begin on December 8 in Brisbane while the second and third Test will be played in Adelaide and Melbourne respectively. The teams will then move to Sydney for the fourth encounter, while the fifth and final match will be held in Perth. 

The Covid-19 restrictions would be eased once 80% of adults are vaccinated and Morrison had added that the figure will be reaching 50% this week.  

The statement comes after long deliberations of the request from the English side to have their families by their side during the holiday season that coincides with the Australian tour. The English team over the past year has been in bio-bubbles for their home tour of Pakistan and then for their tour of Sri Lanka and India when they visited the subcontinent. 

The English team has been very vocal about the pressure these bubbles put on the individual players and how detrimental it is for mental health.

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