The Ashes 2021 series will take place in December and January; Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he will not make special deals to allow families of England players to travel; British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had asked Morrison to allow families by easing strict quarantine rules.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says there will be no “special offers” for families of England cricketers to travel with players during the upcoming Ashes series.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had asked Morrison to help ease strict quarantine rules as England players seek assurances that their family members will be able to join them in Australia during the five-test series. in December and January.
However, Morrison said: “I would love to see the Ashes move on, as I shared with Boris last night.
“But there are no special offers there, because what we are looking for is that vaccinated people can travel.”
“I don’t see a big difference in skilled workers or students who will be able to come to Australia when it reaches those vaccination rates.
“Those who come for that purpose when it comes to their profession, which is playing cricket, I don’t see the difference between that and someone who comes as a qualified and qualified engineer or someone who comes to be ready to study.”
Australia’s borders are effectively closed in an effort to control COVID-19, with limits on international arrivals and limited places available in the country’s mandatory hotel quarantine regime.
Johnson said he had discussed the ashes with Morrison in Washington this week when the couple met for dinner.
“I raised it and he said he would do everything possible for the families,” Johnson told reporters in Washington.
“He totally understood that it is very difficult for cricketers to ask people to get away from their families during Christmas.
“He just promised to go back and see if he could find a solution.”
The England and Wales Cricket Board said last month it was “very confident” that the Ashes, who would start in Brisbane on December 8, would go ahead as planned despite England players saying they could skip the tour if families cannot travel to Australia.
Australia plans to ease border and quarantine restrictions by the end of 2021, when at least 80 percent of adults are expected to have received two COVID-19 vaccines.
However, officials in the COVID-free states of Western Australia and Queensland have said they will set their own hours for opening and can keep their borders closed for longer.