PCB & ECB in discussion over commencement of 1st Test after mystery virus rocks England dressing room

The England squad, including captain Ben Stokes, were affected by a virus on the eve of the first Test against Pakistan in Rawalpindi.

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Wednesday, November 30, 2022, 02:47 PM IST
article-image

Rawalpindi: The Pakistan Cricket Board and the England and Wales Cricket Board are in discussion over the commencement of the first Test after several England players were down with a viral infection.

"The PCB continues to monitor the situation, is in contact with the ECB and will provide further updates in due course" said the official twitter handle of the Pakistan Cricket Board.

Around 14 members of the travelling England squad including players and suppourt staff party were advised to rest at the hotel here on Wednesday.

Only five took part in an optional training session on Wednesday after half of the playing squad of 16 fell sick as reported by the BBC.

The virus outbreak could force England to change the team for the Test which had been announced on Tuesday.

Lancashire all-rounder Liam Livingstone is due to make his Test debut Thursday, while opener Ben Duckett was recalled for his first Test in six years.

England are on their first Test tour of Pakistan in 17 years, following their Twenty20 side playing seven matches in the country two months ago, taking the series 4-3.

Problems with food and players becoming ill during the Twenty20 series prior to the World Cup in Australia led to the decision to bring a chef, Omar Meziane, who also worked with the England men's football team at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and at Euro 2020.

(If you have a story in and around Mumbai, you have our ears, be a citizen journalist and send us your story here. )

(To receive our E-paper on WhatsApp daily, please click here.  To receive it on Telegram, please click here. We permit sharing of the paper's PDF on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.)

RECENT STORIES

BGT 2023, IND vs AUS 1st Test Preview: Predicted XI, when & where to watch series opener in Nagpur

BGT 2023, IND vs AUS 1st Test Preview: Predicted XI, when & where to watch series opener in Nagpur

BGT 2023: Australians make sure Nagpur pitch hogs limelight day before 1st Test vs India

BGT 2023: Australians make sure Nagpur pitch hogs limelight day before 1st Test vs India

Javed Miandad recalls visiting Bal Thackeray's house in Mumbai amid 'India can go to hell' row

Javed Miandad recalls visiting Bal Thackeray's house in Mumbai amid 'India can go to hell' row

WATCH: MS Dhoni learns to plough the land at his Ranchi farm while driving a tractor in viral video

WATCH: MS Dhoni learns to plough the land at his Ranchi farm while driving a tractor in viral video

BGT 2023: Australian media says 'Nagpur pitch doctored'; here's what India captain Rohit Sharma...

BGT 2023: Australian media says 'Nagpur pitch doctored'; here's what India captain Rohit Sharma...