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Ben Stokes to lead England Team against Pakistan as seven players has been tested positive

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Seven individuals from the England cricket crew including three players and four staff individuals have tested positive for Covid-19, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Tuesday.

Following RTPCR tests administered yesterday (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,” stated in the statement released by ECB.

The ECB has not uncovered the Coronavirus positive players’ names. In any case, they have said that the continuous Vitality T20 Blast and the impending restricted overs series against Pakistan will go as arranged. Rather than Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes will be the captain of the team against Pakistan which is set to be declared on Tuesday.

‘‘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,” said by Tom Harrison.

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“Overnight we have worked swiftly to identify a new squad, and we are grateful to Ben Stokes who will return to England duties as 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”  further added by him.

World Cup Champions as of late played the restricted over series against Sri Lanka. Up until this point, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Board has not made any declarations if any of their players have been influenced by the infection.

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