The captain of Australia with limited staff Aaron Finch hopes that the families of the players will soon be allowed to accompany them on overseas tours to keep them in a good mental space in biologically protected balloons in these difficult COVID-19 times.
Finch’s statement came after the Indian players were allowed to take their families with them for the ongoing tour of England.
Finch will soon be out of Australia on national duty for two months and knows that a hasty return for the birth of his child, if it happens between them, is almost impossible.
“Those are the risks you take. She wasn’t very keen to go and if she happens to give birth a little earlier, we may have some problems … it could be a FaceTime birth, I don’t know,” Finch was quoted as saying by Associated Press.
The Finch-led 20-member team from Australia will leave for the Caribbean on Monday, without the likes of David Warner and Pat Cumminswho have given up the tour to be with their families.
Australia will play five Twenty20s and three ODIs against the West Indies and then travel to Bangladesh for a five-match T20 series.
Upon their return, the Australian players will have to spend two weeks in hotel quarantine.
Finch is due to return on August 25, while the date of birth of his first child is September 8.
Asked if the families of the cricketers would soon be touring with them, Finch said: “I have no answer for you, but this is something that needs to be considered.
“I remember talking to Davey Warner about it during his IPL restriction.
“His kids are at an age where they understand what time it is … when you have kids crying on FaceTime, it doesn’t make it easy,” he added.
Finch, meanwhile, said visitors would soon decide whether to take a knee in the West Indies in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
“We’ve learned a lot over the last 12 months on the Black Lives Matter,” he said.
“We will talk to (a veteran of the West Indies) Jason Holder and be really respectful and supportive of whatever they want to do. “