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PAK vs ENG 1st Test: Crisis strikes English team ahead of Rawalpindi Test as virus affects several players

PAK vs ENG 1st Test: Several players from the England team have been affected with virus with less then 24 hours to go for the first Test match in Rawalpindi

Reported By : PTI Edited By : Aditya Pimpale | New Delhi
Updated on: November 30, 2022 13:23 IST
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Image Source : INDIA TV PAK vs ENG 1st Test: Crisis strikes English team ahead of Rawalpindi Test as virus affects several players

With less than 24 hours to go for the strat of the first Test in Rawalpindi, several England players, including captain Ben Stokes, are feeling unwell on the eve of the team's first cricket Test in Pakistan in 17 years. Only five England players -- Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope and Joe Root -- turned up for training at the Pindi Cricket Stadium on Wednesday (November 30).

The rest of the squad members stayed back in the team hotel. Team spokesman Danny Reuben didn't elaborate on the nature of the illnesses or give the exact number of affected England players. But he said in a statement that the unwell players "have been advised to stay at the hotel to rest up."

In the absence of Stokes, the Pakistan Cricket Board had to postpone the trophy unveiling of the series by a day and the ceremony will now be held on Thursday ahead of the toss for the first Test. England have already named its playing XI for the opening game of the three-match series with all-rounder Liam Livingstone set to make his Test debut while Ben Duckett was named as opener with Zak Crawley.

England last toured Pakistan in 2005 and is scheduled to play three Test matches at Rawalpindi, Multan and Karachi.

Squads

Pakistan squad: Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shan Masood, Saud Shakeel, Salman Agha, Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Abrar Ahmed, Zahid Mahmood, Mohammad Nawaz, Azhar Ali, Mohammad Ali

England squad: Ben Stokes, James Anderson, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ben Foakes, Will Jacks, Keaton Jennings, Jack Leach, Liam Livingstone, Jamie Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root, Mark Wood, Rehan Ahmed

 

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