England had crisis talks with CA over fears of new COVID-19 variant affecting the Ashes 2021-22

PUMA Devdutt Padikkal

The introduction of the new COVID-19 variation in South Africa has caused widespread concern around the world, and cricket boards are meeting to discuss future series. In a related development, the ECB's managing director, Ashley Giles, indicated that England is in urgent talks with Cricket Australia about the new COVID-19 variation. Giles acknowledged that the mutation might impact the upcoming Ashes series and players and their families relocating to Australia.

The harsh COVID-19 regulations in Australia had previously made English players unwilling to play the Ashes. They were concerned that their families would be subjected to a 14-day quarantine before accessing the event. As a result of two travellers travelling from Qatar in Sydney testing positive for the Omicron strain, Australian states have imposed new restrictions.

Although it has been said that it is too early to talk about the Ashes, reports say that the possibilities of the Perth Test moving forward are 50/50. However, Giles stated that the ECB would do everything possible to ensure that the players' families are well-cared for and pleased.