ENGvsPAK: ECB announced new squad to face Pakistan following covid scare.
ENGvsPAK: A major covid outbreak in England’s senior men’s squad has forced England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to announce an entirely fresh squad that will face Pakistan in the limited-overs series.
Three days before the limited-overs series gets underway, as many as 7 individuals in the English camp tested covid positive which included three cricketers and four support staff members.
“Following RT 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,” the ECB said in a statement.
ECB further in the statement confirmed that the Vitality T20 Blast and the upcoming limited-overs series against Pakistan will go as per the schedule.
The cricket board then released a new 18 men squad captained by Ben Stokes and includes nine uncapped players.
“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,’’ he added.
Ben Stokes, who has been named as the skipper of a young side, has never captained an ODI team. Moreover, he sustained a finger injury in the IPL 2021 and since then the cricketer is out of cricketing action.
England’s new Squad for limited-overs series aginst Pakistan:
Ben Stokes (captain)Jake Ball, David Payne, Danny Briggs, Zak Crawley, Craig Overton, Lewis Gregory, Tom Helm, Will Jacks, Dan Lawrence, Ben Duckett, Saqib Mahmood, Dawid Malan, Brydon Carse, Matt Parkinson, Phil Salt, John Simpson, James Vince.
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ENGvsPAK: ECB announced new squad to face Pakistan following covid scare