The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have announced a revamped management group for the England squad led by Chris Silverwood and which sees Jonathan Trott as the batting coach, for the upcoming ODI series against the Pakistan.
The ECB had to raise a whole new squad after seven members of the England squad, including support staff, tested positive for COVID-19 48 hours after the third ODI against Sri Lanka. The ECB has appointed an 18-man team to be captained by Ben Stokes, as all members were immediately isolated in accordance with protocols established by the UK government.
Anthony Mcgrath, Jeetan Patel and Alan Richardson join Jonathan Trott and Chris Silverwood in coaching group
While head coach Chris Silverwood, who was supposed to take a break before the start of the India Test series, will accompany the squad, ECB has appointed assistant coaches Anthony McGrath and Jonathan Trott (both at bat), Alan Richardson. (pace bowling) and Jeetan Patel (spin bowling).
“We were aware that the emergence of the Delta variant, as well as our move away from strict enforcement of bio-secure environments, could increase the chances of an outbreak. We made a strategic choice to try to adapt the protocols, in order to promote the general well-being of our players and our support staff who have spent much of the last 14 months living in very limited conditions ” , Tom Harrison, the managing director of the ECB, was quoted by BCE.co.uk earlier today.
The series will kick off on July 8 in Cardiff, with subsequent ODIs being played on July 10 and 13 at Lord’s and Birmingham, respectively. The 50-over series will be followed by three T20Is, scheduled from July 16 to 20.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has fully supported the ECB by stating that it is satisfied and comfortable with the precautions put in place by the hosts to ensure the safety of visitors.
England team revised for ODI:
Ben Stokes, Jake Ball, Danny Briggs, Brydon Carse, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Lewis Gregory, Tom Helm, Will Jacks, Daniel Lawrence, Saqib Mahmood, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Matt Parkinson, David Payne, Phil Salt, John Simpson , James Vince