Virus outbreak in ENG camp may delay 1st Test in Rawalpindi

England and Pakistan have determined to delay the beginning of the first Take a look at between the 2 nations as a consequence of an outbreak of virus within the Three Lions’ camp.

“The Pakistan Cricket Board and England and Wales Cricket Board as we speak mentioned the outbreak of viral an infection within the England males’s Take a look at workforce camp and unanimously agreed to delay the choice on the graduation of the primary Take a look at, which is because of begin on Thursday, till 0730 Pakistan time tomorrow (Thursday),” an ECB launch acknowledged.

“The 2 boards additionally agreed, topic to the England gamers not recovering effectively sufficient to take the sphere on Thursday morning, then the Take a look at will begin on Friday and shall be a five-day match. On this state of affairs, the schedule of the second Take a look at in Multan and the third Take a look at in Karachi will stay unaffected and shall be performed as per unique schedule i.e. 9-13 and 17-21 December, respectively,” it added.

Earlier within the day, England’s preparation for the opening take a look at was thrown into disarray by a virus sweeping by way of the camp. Captain Ben Stokes is amongst a number of England gamers who skipped Wednesday’s optionally available coaching session after being laid low by the bug.

Former captain Joe Root was one in every of 5 gamers who did attend. “So far as I’m conscious, a number of guys usually are not feeling 100%,” Root instructed a information convention.
“I didn’t really feel nice yesterday and I wakened loads higher as we speak. So, hopefully, it’s a 24-hour virus. Don’t assume it’s like meals poisoning or COVID or something like that.

“We are attempting to do completely every part proper to verify we’re ready for this recreation.”

England have named their beginning 11, giving a take a look at debut to Liam Livingstone and recalling Ben Duckett to open with Zak Crawley.

England are on their first take a look at tour of Pakistan since 2005. They’ve employed a chef for the tour after receiving suggestions from gamers who visited Pakistan in September-October for a seven-match T20 collection.

(With Reuters inputs)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *