With the England and Wales Cricket Board ready to announce a new selection for the short overs series against Pakistan, Stuart Broad made a sarcastic remark addressed at James Anderson.
Seven members of England’s team (three players and four backroom personnel) have tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of their match against Pakistan. As a result, the entire team, as well as the backroom personnel, has been placed in self-isolation. The ECB will name a fresh squad for the Pakistan series on July 8, which starts on July 8.
Broad responded to Sky Sports’ story about the outbreak on Twitter with a witty retort:
“Still got your ODI cap @jimmy9 ?!”
BREAKING: England have been forced to select a new team for the Pakistan ODI series after seven positive Covid-19 tests pushed the entire squad into isolation.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) July 6, 2021
The 35-year-old posted another photo to Twitter, this time asking about the current England team’s uniform with a witty quip.
— Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) July 6, 2021
Stuart Broad last played for England in an ODI match in 2016, and in a T20I match in 2014.
James Anderson is in a similar situation, having last played an ODI in 2015 and his last T20I match in 2009.
With Eoin Morgan and his teammates presently in self-isolation, the ECB has already declared that Ben Stokes will lead England in the next three-match ODI and three-match T20I series against Pakistan.
Bio-bubble rules needed to be relaxed suggests England Cricket Board chief
The ECB can confirm that seven members of the England Men’s ODI party have tested positive for COVID-19.
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 6, 2021
The ECB is expected to call numerous players from the county tournament for the limited overs series against Pakistan, according to ESPNCricinfo, and the match will go through as planned.
Nasser Hussain claims that everyone at the ECB headquarters is scrambling right now, since an entirely new team is about to arrive in Cardiff for the Pakistan series.
The ECB’s chief executive, Tom Harrison, recently stated that they had to relax some of the bio-bubble requirements for “the overall wellness of their players and management staff.” For the Sri Lanka series, the ECB also allowed spectators into the venues.
After the current outbreak of the virus inside the team’s bio bubble, it will be fascinating to watch if the board continues to take this approach.