England vs Pakistan: 7 members of England squad test positive for COVID


England vs Pakistan: Seven members of England Men’s ODI party have tested positive for COVID-19, following an RT-PCR test conducted on Monday in Bristol, two days ahead of the ODI series against Pakistan. The COVID-19 contracted names include three players and four management team members. England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) broke the news on Tuesday.

Following the results of the test, all the seven members have been told to self-isolate for the required period starting from July 4 as per the guidelines on quarantine set by the UK Government. The remaining members suspected or found to have come in contact with the ones testing positive for the coronavirus will also have to undergo isolation.

Tom Harrison, Chief Executive Officer, commented: ‘‘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.
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.’’

As of now, the England vs Pakistan white-ball series will go ahead as planned. ECB has named Ben Stokes as the captain of the new squad, which will be announced in due course.

ENG vs PAK 2021 ODI series schedule

First ODIJuly 8Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Second ODIJuly 10Lord’s, London
Third ODIJuly 13Edgbaston, Birmingham

ENG vs PAK 2021 T20I series schedule

First T20IJuly 16Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Second T20IJuly 18Headingley, Leeds
Third T20IJuly 20Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester

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