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In a big development, former England skipper Michael Vaughan has said that the iconic Ashes should be cancelled if the families of the players are not allowed to travel with the players for the four-month long tour of Australia owing to the strict COVID-19 protocols.

Notably, reports in the local UK media suggest that there is still uncertainty of whether families of the visiting England players will be permitted to stay with them during the Ashes series, beginning on December 8.

“Read reports today that England cricketers may not be able to have family members with them down under this winter .. Quite simply if they can’t they should call the Ashes off .. 4 months away from your family is totally unacceptable .. #Ashes,” Vaughan wrote on his Twitter handle.

Such reports also attracted retaliation from another former England captain Kevin Pietersen. He feels that players shouldn’t be subject to criticism if they do not pull out of the series owing to such restrictions imposed.

“Any ENG player that pulls out of this Ashes, if they seriously can’t see their families for FOUR MONTHS, has my full backing. Families are the most important part of a players make up. And even more so in the current climate! FOUR MONTHS with no family on Ashes Tour?,” he tweeted.