January 19, 2022

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England’s seven members are tested positive ; Ben Stokes will lead new ODI squad against Pakistan

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England team will play 3 match ODI series including 3 match T20I series against Pakistan. Ben Stokes led side will host Babar Azam’s men’s from 8th of July. England completed their ODI series against Sri Lanka just after that their three players alongwith four staff members are tested positive for covid-19.

Previously, England have announced their announced their squad for Pakistan White Ball series. But now, some player which were in previous squad they are closely connected with staff members and player who are tested positive. This situation forced England cricket board (ECB) to announce entirely new squad for upcoming series.

Ben Stokes who has been rested by England cricket board last month after sustaining an injury in IPL 2021 is back as captain of England. In absence of Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler he will lead England’s white ball side against Pakistan.

England ODI squad for Pakistan series :

Ben Stokes (c), 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, James Vince

Brydon Carse, Zak Crawley, Lewis Gregory, Tom Helm, Will Jacks, Dan Lawrence, David Payne, Phil Salt, John Simpson are the potential debutants for Pakistan series. Ben Stokes will lead thei newly players side.

Managing Director of England Men’s Cricket, Ashley Giles’s opinion :

“It is a great opportunity to play on the biggest stage, and for most of the players selected it’s not necessarily something they would have been expecting 24 hours ago.

“It is an exciting group of players, with some young talent and some players who have impressed at domestic level over a long period of time.

“We are in unprecedented territory, in terms of replacing an entire squad and management team, and I’m very proud of how everyone has come together in order to get it done – both those within the ECB and from the county game.

“Ben (Stokes) has not captained our ODI side before so it’s a huge honour for him. We all wish him well and it’s a role I’m sure he’ll thrive in.

“I would like to also put on record the thanks of the ECB to the PCB for their support and understanding during this time.”