Brisbane: One of the most awaited test series, Ashes, is scheduled to commence on December 8th the Gabba but the dark clouds of the new Covid-19 variant are over-shadowing the series as cases are found in many European countries lately.
However, Ashley Giles, the managing director of England men's cricket team has said that the side is hoping that the discovery of the COVID-19 Omicron variant does not affect anything in the upcoming Ashes but nothing is certain.
"We're obviously hoping it won't affect anything. There are going to be changes to those border controls in terms of our families being able to travel and we clearly hope that's not going to affect us. But we are in the hands of national and local governments," said Giles.
Different states in Australia have introduced new travel restrictions in response to the latest COVID-19 variant.
He further said, "We always knew things could change. I guess we hoped things would change positively as we went through the series but as we've been aware over the last two years with variants, things can also change negatively."
"Can we prepare for everything? It's not really possible actually because of the big moving parts even around quarantine times and rules around different states. We will do everything we can to make sure the families are accommodated and of course that the players are happy," he added.
Pat Cummins is leading Australia as Tim Paine stepped down from the captaincy after the 'sexting scandal' and took indefinite break from cricket.