Following seven positive Covid-19 tests among the team’s players and management, England’s entire ODI squad was compelled to self-isolate two days before the commencement of their series against Pakistan.
Following a round of PCR testing in Bristol on Monday, following the third ODI against Sri Lanka, three players and four members of management returned positive readings.
“Those affected will now undergo a period of self-isolation beginning July 4 in coordination with Public Health England, Public Health Wales, and Bristol Local Health Authority, following the UK Government’s quarantine procedure,” the ECB said in a statement.
“The remaining participants of the party have been designated as close contacts and will be interviewed separately.”
The ECB has confirmed that the limited-overs series against Pakistan will go ahead as scheduled, with Ben Stokes set to return to international duty ahead of schedule and captain the squad, which will be announced at 11 a.m.
According to ESPNcricinfo, a handful of players have been plucked from the current round of County Championship fixtures to join the new squad and will undergo PCR testing to confirm the new squad’s safety.