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Stokes captain for New England Team after Covid affects 7 of the team (Ld)

London July 6 (IANS) All-rounder Ben Stokes was named skipper of an England side on Tuesday with nine unused players for the ODI series against Pakistan after the entire original team and management staff were isolated due to seven Covid -19 cases in the camp.

The ODI series against Pakistan begins on July 8th.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement on Tuesday that they had appointed an “18-strong squad for the series against Pakistan”.

“Ben Stokes returns to the team as captain of the team, and Chris Silverwood, who had taken some time off in the series with white balls, is back as head coach. In total, there are nine untapped players in the squad, “said the ECB.

The announcement comes after three members of the original playgroup and four members of the management staff had tested positive for Covid-19, and therefore the selected team that was originally selected was isolated.

The ECB said inbound players and support members would follow PCR tests and bridge protocols to ensure secure access to the camp.

“After PCR test administered yesterday [Monday] in Bristol, the ECB can confirm that seven members – three players and four executives – from the England Men’s ODI party have tested positive for Covid-19. The remaining members of the party have been considered close contacts and will also be isolated, ”said the ECB.

“In partnership with Public Health England, Public Health Wales and the Bristol Local Health Authority, those affected will now monitor a period of self-isolation from 4 July following the UK Government’s quarantine protocol.”

ODI Group: Ben Stokes (captain), Jake Ball, Danny Briggs, Brydon Carse, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Lewis Gregory, Tom Helm, Will Jacks, Dan Lawrence, Saqib Mahmood, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Matt Parkinson, David Payne, Phil Salt, John Simpson and James Vince

–IANS

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