England have named their 18-strong replacement squad for the upcoming ODI series against Pakistan, with the original 16 players selected unavailable after a COVID-19 outbreak.
It was revealed this morning that three players and four members of the management staff had tested positive, meaning the entire squad is required to isolate.
With the series set to get underway on Thursday, the ECB have moved quickly to name their replacement squad with Ben Stokes installed as captain as he returns from injury.
He’ll lead an 18-strong squad that includes some familiar faces as well as nine uncapped players.
BREAKING: NEW ODI SQUAD 👇
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The series gets underway on Thursday (08/07) at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff, with Lord’s set to be at 100% capacity for the second match on Saturday (10/07) before the series finishes at Edgbaston – the Barmy Army’s spiritual home – next Tuesday (13/07).
Managing director of England Men’s Cricket Ashley Giles said: “It’s 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’s 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’re 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 hasn’t 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’d like to also put on record the thanks of the ECB to the PCB for their support and understanding during this time.”