Nasser Hussain believes the ECB headquarters will be in complete disarray when three England players and four members of the backroom staff test positive for COVID-19.
A limited-overs series between England and Pakistan will begin on July 8. The ECB, on the other hand, will have to choose a totally new 16-man squad because the existing group has been placed in self-isolation. Following the emergence of the virus in the team’s bio-bubble, not only the players but also the backroom personnel have been placed in isolation.
England will be led by Ben Stokes against Pakistan, and a new squad will be named soon.
Nasser Hussain, speaking on Sky Sports, chimed in on the gravity of the situation, saying:
“It will cause chaos. They will have to pick a completely different squad- that 16 players and the backroom staff and coaches ruled out. They will have to pull the bulk of those players out of county cricket. There’s a round of County Championship games going on now and all those counties will have to replace those players and get them tested. The players pulled out will have to get to Cardiff and get tested to enter the bubble. So it will be absolute chaos at ECB towers right now.”
Despite the new epidemic, Nasser Hussain applauded the England Cricket Board’s handling of the situation during the previous 15 months.
“England board had to ease that bubble slightly”- Nasser Hussain
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
Spectators were recently allowed into the England and Wales Cricket Board’s limited-overs series versus Sri Lanka. The players’ limits appear to have been relaxed as well. Despite the latest epidemic, Nasser Hussain claimed that the ECB needed to relax bubble restrictions to protect players’ mental health.
“They had to ease that bubble slightly, the cricketers have been going around the world in bubbles and just for the sake of their mental health – when they turn up to a ground and see normal society out there, doing things and being relaxed slightly. That’s what they had to do with their players.”
The ECB is expected to call up a handful of county players for the Pakistan series, according to reports. The series is anticipated to continue as planned, with the first match taking place on July 8th in Cardiff.