London, August 22 (IANS) England wicketkeeper batsman Jos Buttler may skip the Ashes tour scheduled for the end of the year, out of concern over taking his family with him due to Australia’s coronavirus restrictions. Buttler has already pulled out of the other leg of the IPL in 2021 due to the birth of his second child and also gave an indication that he missed the final Test against India at Old Trafford.
With his second child’s due date on the first day of the final Test against India at Old Trafford, Buttler could skip the fight to be with his wife Louise and two-year-old daughter Georgia. By 2019, Buttler had shortened his period with the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL to fly home for Georgia’s birth.
“The most important thing, of course, is to be there for my wife. If it means missing cricket, I miss cricket, ”Buttler stated in an interview with The Times on Sunday.
He added: “As my wife is expecting our second child and with the uncertainty surrounding the rest of the winter, it is important for me to stay home before the World Cup. I love IPL, but without knowing what the rest of the winter looks like, it’s impossible to commit to it.
“One of the challenges is to find out where the line is, where they say I can’t. I have sacrificed a lot for cricket and my wife and family have sacrificed a lot. You have to be open to that (say no). It would be incredibly disappointing if some players feel they can not do it, but we are in a world at the moment where that is a possibility, ”said the 30-year-old.
As England are scheduled to play at the T20 World Cup in men in the United Arab Emirates in October and November before flying to Australia for ashes, this means that the players taking part in both events will be away from their families for four months.
“Covid is incredibly challenging for everyone and Australia has a very strict policy in how they have tried to deal with it. An additional complication is that it has been a long time now (living in biobubbles). If it was the first time we potentially walked away this way, you might find it more manageable, but after spending a long time in Covid environments already, it makes it hard, ”Buttler said.
“We have done this much longer than we all had hoped. Even playing cricket in England is almost like being on tour. Families come and go not as they used to, and one could come home between fights. Until we get more information about what it (the Australia trip) might look like, it is impossible to know what decision you are making, ”Buttler concluded.
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