Stuart Broad Sympathizes With Pakistan Team Analyst As England Name Nine Uncapped Players In A Fresh Squad
Stuart Broad. (Credits: Twitter)

England suffered a significant jolt ahead of their white-ball series against Pakistan as seven members of their contingent tested positive for COVID-19. But Stuart Broad seems more concerned about Pakistan, who might have to reshuffle all their plans. England’s Test-match specialist took to his official Twitter handle and expressed his anxiety about Pakistan’s team analyst.

On Tuesday, it emerged that seven members, including three players and four support staff members, tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, England, who retained the 16-member squad for the Pakistan series that won against Sri Lanka, have isolated themselves. The party also includes their regular captain Eoin Morgan, who will miss the entire series as ECB’s medical team continues to monitor the situation.

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Stuart Broad, in his official Twitter handle, said that one has to feel for Pakistan team analyst, who has to revisit their plans at the last hour. The 34-year old, who will return to action during the Test series against India, stated the analyst has a busy few days ahead.

Below is Stuart Broad’s tweet:

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The emergency has forced the England management to name an 18-man squad, with Ben Stokes announced as captain. The star all-rounder was not in the squad initially picked as he continued his recovery from the finger injury he suffered in IPL 2021. Even though Stokes played a few matches in the vitality blast, the selectors did not rush his comeback.

But now, the seam-bowling all-rounder has to captain a side, consisting of nine uncapped players. The nine uncapped cricketers in the squad include Brydon Carse, Tom Helm, Will Jacks, John Simpson, Phil Salt, David Payne, Dan Lawrence, Zak Crawley, and Lewis Gregory. Among these, Lawrence and Crawley have featured only in Tests, while Gregory solely in the shortest format.

The first ODI gets underway on the 8th of July in Cardiff, followed by the second on the 10th in London, and finally the last one in Edgbaston.

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