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Seven members of England's one-day cricket squad have been sent in isolation after testing positive for Covid-19.
Three players and four members of the team management tested positive yesterday, and the rest of the ODI squad who were deemed close contacts will self-isolate.
‘‘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,” Tom Harrison, the chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board said.
“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,”
England will play Pakistan in ODIs and T20 internationals, with Ben Stokes returning to skipper the squad.
“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.’’
The England and Wales Cricket Board will name a new squad for their one-day internationals and Twenty20 matches against Pakistan.