England vs Pakistan: Ben Stokes to lead England as ECB names 18-member brand new squad after 7 in team test COVID-19 positive

England vs Pakistan: Ben Stokes to lead as England names 18-member squad against Pakistan after players test COVID-19 positive
England vs Pakistan: Ben Stokes to lead as England names 18-member squad against Pakistan after players test COVID-19 positive

England vs Pakistan – Ben Stokes to lead England: England will have new captain in form of Ben Stokes and a brand new team as the entire squad led by Eoin Morgan has been isolated after 7 members tested positive on Tuesday. The 18 member new team has been announced after the news that three members of the playing group and four members of the management staff had tested positive for COVID-19.

Ben Stokes will return to the squad to captain the side and Chris Silverwood, who was on vacation has been asked to join the team as coach. In total, there are nine uncapped players in the squad.

England Men’s ODI Squad

Ben Stokes (Durham, captain)
Jake Ball (Nottinghamshire)
Danny Briggs (Warwickshire)
Brydon Carse (Durham)
Zak Crawley (Kent)
Ben Duckett (Nottinghamshire)
Lewis Gregory (Somerset)
Tom Helm (Middlesex)
Will Jacks (Surrey)
Dan Lawrence (Essex)
Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire)
Dawid Malan (Yorkshire)
Craig Overton (Somerset)
Matt Parkinson (Lancashire)
David Payne (Gloucestershire)
Phil Salt (Sussex)
John Simpson (Middlesex)
James Vince (Hampshire)

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England vs Pakistan – Ben Stokes to lead England:  An ECB statement said those impacted by the positive tests “will now observe a period of self-isolation from 4 July following the UK Government’s protocol on quarantine.

“The remaining members of the party have been deemed close contacts and will also isolate.”

ECB chief executive officer Tom Harrison added, “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.”

The 10-day isolation period the squad will face will will span all three ODIs against Pakistan. Thursday’s fixture at Sophia Gardens is followed by games at Lord’s on 10 July and Edgbaston three days later.

England then face three Twenty20 fixtures against Pakistan on 16, 18 and 20 July.

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