England name new 18-man squad for Pakistan series after coronavirus outbreak

England have named a new 18-man squad for the upcoming ODI series against Pakistan.

The announcement comes after England confirmed three members of the initial ODI party and four members of the management staff had tested positive for coronavirus.

The outbreak meant the entire squad initially selected to face Pakistan was required to isolate and would therefore miss the white-ball matches.

With most of England’s one-day stars now absent, there are nine uncapped players in the replacement squad, which will be captained by all-rounder Ben Stokes, who recently recovered from injury.

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.

England’s new ODI squad to face Pakistan

Ben Stokes (Durham, captain), Jake Ball (Nottinghamshire), Danny Briggs (Warwickshire), Brydon Carse (Durham), Zak Crawley (Kent), Ben Duckett (Nottinghamshire), Lewis Gregory (Somerset), Tom Helm (Middlesex), Will Jacks (Surrey), Dan Lawrence (Essex), Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire), Dawid Malan (Yorkshire), Craig Overton (Somerset), Matt Parkinson (Lancashire), David Payne (Gloucestershire), Phil Salt (Sussex), John Simpson (Middlesex), James Vince (Hampshire)

‘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.’

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