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    English cricket leaders confident about Ashes going ahead

    LONDON (AP) — English cricket leaders are “very confident” the upcoming Ashes series will go ahead as planned despite ongoing negotiations over COVID-related travel restrictions. England’s players are concerned about the possibility of families being unable to join them on the trip given Australia’s tight border controls, as well as the prospect of lengthy quarantines and restrictive bubble environments. Talks involving the Professional Cricketers’ Association have been ongoing for some time and while Tom Harrison, chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board, acknowledged on Thursday there are plenty of complications before a final green light could be given,  

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