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COVID-19: England forced to pick completely NEW team against Pakistan ODIs after coronavirus outbreak | Cricket News

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England have been forced to choose a brand new team for the Pakistan ODI sequence after seven individuals – together with three cricketers – have examined COVID-19 optimistic, pushing the complete squad into isolation. Three England gamers and 4 backroom workers have examined optimistic for COVID-19, with the remainder of the squad deemed shut contacts. The first ODI is on Thursday and can nonetheless go forward.

Ben Stokes will return to the England facet as captain after a number of weeks out with a fractured finger, regardless of limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan initially saying it might be too quickly for the all-rounder to be thought of. The remainder of the brand new team to face Pakistan can be named afterward Tuesday.

“Following PCR tests administered yesterday (Monday)  in Bristol, The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) can confirm that seven members –  three players and four management team members- of the England Men’s ODI party have tested positive for COVID-19. In collaboration with Public Health England, Public Health Wales and Bristol Local Health Authority, those impacted will now observe a period of self-isolation from July 4 following the UK Government’s protocol on quarantine. The remaining members of the party have been deemed close contacts and will also isolate,” a press release by England Cricket Board learn.

England are supposed to face Pakistan in three ODIs and three T20s starting in Cardiff on Thursday (July 8). The ECB confirmed that the sequence will go forward as deliberate.

“The ECB have confirmed the Royal London ODIs and the Vitality IT20s against Pakistan will go ahead. Ben Stokes will return to England duties and captain the squad – which will be named in the next few hours. Incoming squad and support team members will follow PCR tests and bridging protocols to ensure safe entry to camp,” the ECB assertion added.

ECB CEO Tom Harrison mentioned that the board was aware concerning the emergence of COVID-19’s ‘delta-variant’.

“We have been aware that the emergence of the Delta variant, together with our transfer away from the stringent enforcement of bio safe environments, might enhance the probabilities of an outbreak. We made a strategic alternative to strive to adapt protocols, so as to assist the general wellbeing of our gamers and administration workers who’ve spent a lot of the final 14 months residing in very restricted situations.

“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,” Tom Harrison, ECB CEO, mentioned.


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