Tuesday 6 July 2021 6:42 PM UTC
LONDON July 6: England have named a new 18-man squad for the upcoming ODI series against Pakistan.
The announcement comes after England confirmed three members of the initial ODI party and four members of the management staff had tested positive for coronavirus.
The outbreak meant the entire squad initially selected to face Pakistan was required to isolate and would therefore miss the white-ball matches.
With most of England’s one-day stars now absent, there are nine uncapped players in the replacement squad, which will be captained by all-rounder Ben Stokes, who recently recovered from injury.
England’s new ODI squad to face Pakistan
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)
ECB’s statement on England team’s self-isolation
‘Following PCR tests administered on 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.
‘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.
‘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 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.
‘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.’
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