- Test series will be played between India and England from August 4
- 9 new faces in England’s squad for the series against Pakistan
- England sent the first selected team to isolation
The Indian team’s 3-day practice match against County XI has been suspended after 7 members of the England cricket team tested positive for COVID-19. Two days before the ODI series against Pakistan, Corona’s breach in a tight bio bubble has created a ruckus in the England camp.
The England and Wales Cricket Board reported on Tuesday that 3 players of the ODI team and 4 members of the management staff were infected with the coronavirus. In a hurry, the entire team of England has been sent to self-isolation.
Stokes will be the captain of the 18-man team
For the series against Pakistan, England (England Players tested positive for Covid-19) has announced an 18-member team, which will be captained by all-rounder Ben Stokes. Stokes was currently playing for Durham in the County Championship but has been called up for national team duty from there.
ECB in trouble
In the team that England has selected for the series against Pakistan, most of the players are from the county team, who were currently playing for their club in the County Championship. In such a situation, the question arises whether the ECB will now be able to provide the County XI team for practice to the Indian team, which at this time itself has to work hard to raise a playing XI for its national team. The BCCI had requested the ECB for a practice match before the Test series, which was accepted by the host board.
Practice matches are expected to be played from July 20
The practice match between India and Select County XI team is expected to be played from July 20 to 22. The ECB is currently preparing to launch The Hundred league. In such a situation, it is expected that most of the county players of England will be busy in this league.
Indian players are on break of 20 days
Kohli and Company (Virat Kohli) have got a break of 20 days at this time. All the players of Team India are celebrating holidays with family these days. After the break, all players have been asked to gather for a pre-series camp in Durham on 14 July. The first Test match of the 5-match series between India and England (IND vs ENG 5 Test Match Series) will be played in Nottingham from August 4.