England players are set to meet with the ECB this week to raise concerns over this winter’s Ashes series in Australia with some considering pulling out of the tour if their families cannot travel down under with them, according to BBC Sport, and they have the full backing of the Barmy Army.

The restrictions on international travellers in Australia are among the most stringent in the world meaning that players’ families may be unable to travel with them for the series.

That could mean that those players that feature in the Ashes and the preceding T20 World Cup would be away from their loved ones for four months – as they’re due to leave to start their preparations for the tournament in Bangladesh in September and would not return home until January.

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We are expecting an update from Cricket Australia and the ECB early next month, which could be impacted greatly by the talks planned in the coming days.

The BBC has reported that England players are set to meet with the ECB and the PCA this week to discuss their concerns over the 2021/22 Ashes series in Australia.

It is understood that some of Joe Root’s players are considering pulling out of the tour if their families cannot travel with them.

The current restrictions could mean that fans are also unable to travel in support of the England side in what is the most iconic series in world cricket.

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Barmy Army managing director Chris Millard has outlined that – as always – the players have our full support and backing.

“We’re completely behind the players and back their decision to open discussions with the ECB about this winter’s Ashes series,” said Millard.

“It’s reassuring that logical conversations are being held on what is a really important matter.

“Delaying the Ashes until 2022/23 would be absolutely brilliant for the series as a spectacle, ensuring that cricket’s greatest rivalry is played in front of the packed houses it deserves, and for Australian tourism.”

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