On Tuesday, England’s ODI team were placed in isolation due to a coronavirus pandemic. Seven illnesses were discovered in 3 players and 4 staff members during tests on Monday, a day after the team’s final ODI against Sri Lanka in Bristol. England ODI squad in isolation.
England ODI squad forced to self-isolate after positive Covid-19 tests
England ODI squad in isolation. There were no names mentioned. The England and Wales Cricket Board announced in a statement that the team has been placed in isolation since Sunday.
The six-match limited-overs series against Pakistan, which began on Wednesday with the opening ODI in Cardiff, was still scheduled to begin on Wednesday. England intended to name a new team on Tuesday, headed by Ben Stokes.
“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,” ECB chief executive Tom Harrison 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.”
‘Ben Stokes will return to England duties and captain the squad’: ECB
“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 the camp,” said ECB.
“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 Men’s playing squads and thank them, along with our partners Sky and Royal London, for their ongoing support in dealing with this pandemic.’’
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 6, 2021