England team director Ashley Giles has assured that none of the players who were chosen for the limited-overs series against Pakistan broke any COVID-19 related protocols. Giles’ statement came after three England cricketers and four members of the backroom staff tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the entire England contingent originally selected for the Pakistan series has been sent into isolation. A completely fresh squad, to be led by all-rounder Ben Stokes, was announced on Tuesday itself.
England’s managing director Ashley Giles has confirmed that they have no plans to tweak their schedule to accommodate the IPL, which is likely to resume in the second half of September. Giles also reiterated that England players won’t be released for the second half of the IPL as the team priority comes first.
England’s managing director Ashley Giles has made it clear that the players will be expected to give preference to international commitments over a rescheduled IPL 2021 in case of a clash. India are looking for a September window to resume the T20 league. However, nothing has been finalized yet. India are also scheduled to host the T20 World Cup in October. England are due to tour Bangladesh and Pakistan before the mega event.
Former left-arm spinner Ashley Giles has been appointed as England’s Head Coach for the T20I and ODI format. The existing England Head Coach Andy Flower meanwhile continues in his role of a Team Director who will be mainly in charge of the Test Team.