England were forced to select a new team for Pakistan’s ODI series after the entire team went into self-isolation due to seven cases of COVID.
Three players and four members of the management team have tested positive after passing PCR tests.
In a statement, the England and Wales Cricket Board said: “Together with Public Health England, Public Health Wales and Bristol Local Health Authority, those affected will now observe a period of self-isolation from July 4 following protocol of the British government on quarantine.
“The other party members were considered close contacts and will also be isolated.
“The ECB has confirmed that the Royal London ODIs and Vitality IT20 against Pakistan will continue. Ben Stokes will return to England and be captain of the team – which will be named in the coming hours.”
The isolation period will span the three ODIs against Pakistan, which begin Thursday in Cardiff,
Thursday’s game at Sophia Gardens is followed by games at Lords on July 10 and Edgbaston three days later.
England will then play three T20 matches against Pakistan on July 16, 18 and 20.
The ECB had named the same team for the Pakistani series as the 16 who recently faced Sri Lanka.
This included Captain Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Joe Root and Mark Wood.
England comfortably won the ODI Series 2-0, after the final match in Bristol was abandoned due to bad weather.
Stokes had missed the Sri Lankan streak after breaking his index finger while playing in the Indian Premier League in April.
He returned to action last month for Durham, but Morgan said he wouldn’t be rushed …
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This notice was published: 2021-07-06 08:20:00