England Squad Covid Positive: In a massive breaking news, as many as seven members of England’s Men ODI contingent have tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of the three-match ODI series against Pakistan at home. England are scheduled to play 3 ODIs and as many T20Is against Pakistan starting from 8 July. A total of 3 England cricketers and four support staff members have tested positive for coronavirus.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have already confirmed that they will be announcing fresh ODI and T20I squads that will face Pakistan. It was also confirmed that Ben Stokes will captain the England national side in the upcoming limited-overs series against Pakistan. The entire England ODI squad that played the recent series against Sri Lanka has been put under isolation.
‘‘We have been mindful that the emergence of the Delta variant, along with our move away from the stringent enforcement of bio secure environments, could increase the chances of an outbreak. We made a strategic choice to try to adapt protocols, in order to support the overall wellbeing of our players and management staff who have spent much of the last 14 months living in very restricted conditions.
Overnight we have worked swiftly to identify a new squad, and we are grateful to Ben Stokes who will return to England duties to Captain. We also recognise the impact this news will have on our First Class Counties and their Men’s playing squads and thank them, along with our partners Sky and Royal London, for their ongoing support in dealing with this pandemic,’’ said ECB Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison.
It is surely a big blow for the host England team that seven members of their contingent have tested positive for Covid-19 just two days before the Pakistan ODIs. It is also understood that Chris Silverwood will return to coach the national team.
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