Cricket Australia Hopes to be Fully Vaccinated in Ashes
By Tanushka Gain
on Wed Sep 08 2021
The Ashes could become the first sporting event in Australia where fans would need a vaccine passport to participate. Because Cricket Australia expects full crowd for all five Test matches.
CA is also hoping to assure the ECB and England players in the coming weeks that some family members will be able to accompany them to Australia for the long tour.
During a round of media interviews on Wednesday, CA chief executive Nick Hawkley said the Ashes would go ahead as planned despite lockdowns and interstate border closures due to the current COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney and Melbourne.
Australia’s vaccination rates are improving rapidly. And Hockley believes this will be the key to getting the entire crowd back for all five Test matches. Any vaccine passport scheme will be a decision to be taken at the government level. But what are other countries doing? This is being closely monitored.
I think this is where we will work closely with the health authorities, in places. And of course, we definitely want the whole crowd. Hockley told Sen that “we want the crowd back and enjoy cricket. And this is something that we will work on in the times to come. months and as we have done in the last few months. We will take our lead from the health authorities. We remain extremely optimistic.
Hockley was confident that the schedule would remain the same without the need to reshuffle the Test matches at different venues. Because some strict state border restrictions are currently in place.
He was also confident that England players would be able to bring family members to Australia, although the final decision rests with the Australian government. Because international borders remain closed with restrictions on those. Strict quarantine rules on who can enter and entry. There are reports that several players may pull out of the tour. It is unlikely that there will be any relaxation in the 14-day quarantine period till November. Although ways to accommodate England’s squad allowing some liberties are being explored.
“Our hope is that during the coming weeks we will be able to rest assured that the plans we have in place will give them the comfort that they will have a great experience and do whatever they want. Bring family members to whoever they want. can,” Hockley said.
“Ultimately it will be their decision who they bring in. But as we said we are working extremely constructively with the ECB. We all have a huge amount of experience in what to do with it now and the plans and intricacies. Plans. We are working a lot in partnership with the ECB to keep them fully informed of what they can expect when they come to Australia.”
Australia’s men’s home season was set to begin on Saturday with one-day Marsh Cup games. But those matches are expected to be postponed until a later season. Because New South Wales and Victoria are in lockdown. Players from both states are unable to travel elsewhere at this time.
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