With the IPL 2021, T20 World Cup, and Ashes 2021 on the horizon, the gentlemen’s game’s enthusiastic fans throughout the world can expect plenty of cricket action in the fourth quarter of 2021. However, the destiny of the Ashes in 2021 is in doubt, since Joe Root and his teammates may boycott this year’s series due to Australia’s draconian bio-bubble laws. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is resolute and hasn’t given any attention to postponement, which hasn’t gone over well with the senior players and support staff.

While the players appear to be somewhat upbeat about the thought of a two-week quarantine, they are hesitant to subject their families to it. And with some players gone for nearly four months (the IPL is followed by the T20 World Cup and the Ashes), it’s understandable that they don’t want to see their family during that time.

However, it is thought that the ECB was hesitant to consider such measures. While they reiterated their offer that players – as well as support staff – could drop out without penalty, they remain adamant that the tour should go on this year. This response is thought to have frustrated several players who believe the authorities are not listening to their concerns.

As a result, it’s still possible that the entire squad, including management, coaches, and support staff, will decide not to tour to draw attention to their dissatisfaction with the situation. However, it’s still more likely that a few players, particularly those who aren’t all-format players, will opt to go. In any case, England will almost certainly be compelled to play a significantly under-strength squad. It’s possible they’ll name a new captain for the series, with a senior player like Stuart Broad a possibility.