ENG vs PAK: England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) informed on Tuesday that seven members of the side members – three players and four management team members- of the England Men’s ODI squad, have tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the Pakistan series.
The news comes following the PCR tests administered yesterday (Monday) in Bristol. As per the protocols, the board has directed the COVID-19 infected members to undergo a period of self-isolation starting July 4 in compliance with the UK Government’s protocol on quarantine.
The remaining members, who were found to come in close contact with them will also undergo isolation.
The board added that the ENG vs PAK series, comprising three ODIs and as many T20Is, starting July 8 will go ahead as planned. A revised squad for the same is expected to be announced soon. Ben Stokes has been named as the captain of the new squad.
‘‘We have been mindful that the emergence of the Delta variant, along with our move away from the stringent enforcement of biosecure 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.commented Tom Harrison, Chief Executive Officer of ECB
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.’’
More details on the matter are awaited…
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