It is possible that the first Test match between England and Pakistan will have to be postponed since around half of the players on the touring team, including captain Ben Stokes, fell ill with an unknown infection the day before the match.
On Wednesday, the Pakistan Cricket Board announced that it was in discussion with the England and Wales Cricket Board over the next steps to be taken.
“The PCB and ECB are in conversations over the commencement of the 1st #PAKvENG Test since certain England players are down with viral infection,” the board stated on Twitter. “The PCB and ECB are in discussions regarding the commencement of the 1st #PAKvENG Test.”
“The PCB will provide further details as they become available, as they are currently in contact with the ECB and are continuing to monitor the situation.”
In order to give Stokes more time to recover, the ceremony in which the two captains were supposed to reveal the series trophy was moved forward in the schedule and took place earlier in the day.
Former captain Joe Root informed reporters that “a few lads were not feeling 100 percent,” but he did not provide specifics on individual players or prospective alterations to the starting XI. Root also did not comment on whether or not the team would make any substitutions.
“I haven’t seen anyone this morning,” he said, adding, “I don’t think it’s food poisoning or Covid or anything like that, it’s just one of those things that we have regrettably picked up as a group.” “It’s hard to say, I haven’t seen anyone this morning,” he said.
I woke up feeling considerably better today compared to when I went to bed last night, so here’s hoping it was just a one-day fluke.
The British press had earlier reported that players were suffering from viral food poisoning after the ECB issued a statement saying that “several players and staff members, including England captain Ben Stokes, are feeling unwell and have been advised to stay at the hotel to rest up.” The statement was issued after the ECB issued a statement saying that “several players and staff members, including England captain Ben Stokes, are feeling unwell and have been advised to stay at the
After further investigation, it was determined by an ECB representative named Danny Reuben that “13-14 of the team members, including six to seven players, are suffering with a virus that is neither related to food sickness or Covid related.”
On Wednesday, the following players were present for training: Root, Zak Crawley, Harry Brook, Ollie Pope, and Keaton Jennings. Head coach Brendon McCullum was also there. On Tuesday, every member of the squad participated in training.
Thursday will be the first day of play for Lancashire all-rounder Liam Livingstone in a Test match, and opener Ben Duckett has been called up for his first match in six years after being recalled.
Following their Twenty20 team’s successful tour of Pakistan two months ago, during which they played seven matches and won the series 4-3, England is currently on their first Test tour of Pakistan in 17 years.
Due to issues with the food and players getting sick during the Twenty20 series, it was decided to send in a chef by the name of Omar Meziane. Meziane previously worked as a cook for the England men’s football team during the 2018 World Cup in Russia and for the Euro 2020 tournament.
The series between England and Pakistan will consist of three tests, the second of which will take place in Multan on December 9 and the third of which will take place in Karachi from December 17-21.