England vs Pakistan: 3 England players and 4 staff members test positive for Covid-19, says ECB.
Englands limited-overs squad has been forced into self-isolation two days before the start of the ODI series against Pakistan following seven positive Covid-19 tests among the teams players and management
The ECB has 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.
"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 Governments protocol on quarantine," an ECB statement said.
Gotta feel for the Pakistan Team Analyst- would have had all the plans sorted! Busy few days ahead!! https://t.co/deFLg9JKhv— Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) July 6, 2021
"The remaining members of the party have been deemed close contacts and will also 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. 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," Tom Harrison, the ECBs chief executive, said.
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 recognize the impact this news will have on our first-class counties and their mens playing squads and thank them, along with our partners Sky and Royal London, for their ongoing support in dealing with this pandemic.