England superstar Ben Stokes admitted it would be “quite devastating” if test cricketers were left out of the Hundred’s inaugural season in a likely situation where they could be forced to stay in a biosecure bubble before the five – Series of tests match against India, from 04 August.
With a steady rise in UK Covid cases over the past few days, there is a growing possibility that the England and Wales Cricket Council will end up putting the test team led by Joe Root as a measure. security before the high-level series.
Recently, a County Championship match between Derbyshire and Essex was called off after an anonymous player from Derbyshire tested positive for the Wuhan virus. Even the Kent County team had to play a second fiddle batting unit following an outbreak at their camp.
If the ECB decides to place the England squad in bio-secure bubbles, it will be a blow to the eight Hundred franchises, which capitalize on the star power of England’s top cricketers in the heralding season. competitions. , something Ben Stokes recognized.
It would be very frustrating not to be able to participate in The Hundred. It’s a big event for England and we want to be a part of it. We know how important a role players play in creating a franchise competition, and whether Test players couldn’t play it because of Covid, ”said Ben Stokes as quoted by Cricinfo.
“It would be a lie to say that I was not surprised at how easily we did it” – Ben Stokes on England’s dominant display against Pakistan
Ben Stokes is currently leading the England squad in the ODI series against Pakistan.
Stokes is leading a second-fiddle team after the first-choice players, including regular skipper Eoin Morgan, were forced into self-isolation due to seven members of the home contingent who tested positive for the coronavirus.
England, however, did not miss their top players at all, like Saqib Mahmood, Lewis Gregory, Zak Crawley, Mark Parkinson and others stepped up to help the home side beat Pakistan in the first two ODIs to seal the three-game series.
The dominance of the England fringe team was such that even Ben Stokes admitted he never thought they would be able to beat a full Pakistan side the way they did.
“When I was sent to the team, even though it was a last minute affair, I thought it was strong and talented, and I knew we would be able to compete with Pakistan. But it would be a lie to say that I wasn’t surprised at how easily we did it, ”Stokes admitted.
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