The ECB conditionally granted permission to tour the UK for the Ashes series.© AFP
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is set to announce the England squad for the upcoming Ashes series on Sunday. According to Sky Sports, the group may have 17 or 18 members. A separate squad will be named to provide injury defense for England for the Ashes. All-rounder Ben Stokes has retired due to mental illness and has been ruled out of the England squad, according to Sky Sports. Over the past few weeks, the ECB has made significant progress in moving forward on the men’s Ashes tour, and as a result, conditional approval for the series was granted later this year.
“To further facilitate progress and allow a team to be selected, the ECB Board met today and gave its approval to proceed with the tour. This decision is subject to a number of important conditions before we travel,” the ECB said in an official statement on Friday.
“We look forward to Cricket Australia’s continued assistance in resolving these issues in the coming days,” the statement added.
Stokes, meanwhile, underwent a second operation in April to deal with persistent problems with his injured finger while playing for the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Two screws and scar tissue were removed from Stokes’ left index finger.
The Ashes match between England and Australia starts on December 8 in Brisbane.
Earlier, the fate of the series was pushed into uncertainty due to restrictions on Covit-19 in Australia.
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