The Pakistan Cricket Board stated in an announcement on Thursday two hours earlier than the scheduled begin that the England and Wales Cricket Board “has knowledgeable the PCB that they’re able to area an XI, and, as such, the primary check will start as per schedule right this moment on the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium..”
A number of England gamers have been affected by a virus ahead of the team’s first test in Pakistan in 17 years, resulting in discussions about suspending the beginning of the match by in the future. Officers from each groups had agreed to delay a remaining resolution on whether or not to postpone the sport till 7:30 a.m. native time Thursday — simply two hours earlier than the scheduled toss.
Solely 5 England gamers — Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope and Joe Root — turned up for the coaching on the Pindi Cricket Stadium on Wednesday. The remainder of the squad members, together with captain Ben Stokes, stayed within the resort as staff officers stated six or seven gamers had been affected by the virus.
Brook, Crawley, Pope and Root all have been named in England’s enjoying XI for the primary check.
“There’s clearly just a few guys not feeling 100%,” Root instructed media, including that he didn’t really feel good yesterday however wakened lot higher on Wednesday earlier than coming for the coaching on the stadium. “It’s nothing like meals poisoning or COVID … I feel it’s simply a kind of issues that we’ve sadly picked up as a bunch. We attempt to do completely all the pieces proper to verify we’re ready rather well for this recreation.
“Generally you simply decide up a virus and whenever you’re all tied collectively in a single, I inform you, you’ll be able to unfold it out. We did all the pieces we are able to to try to mitigate that, however you need to see how issues go tonight and tomorrow.”
England staff spokesman Danny Rueben stated a number of workers members of the England contingent have additionally been affected by the virus.
England has already named its enjoying XI for the primary of the three-test collection with Liam Livingstone set to make his check debut and Ben Duckett is penciled as opener with Crawley. Veteran quick bowler James Anderson and Ollie Robinson are the 2 specialist quick bowler with Stokes as the opposite seaming possibility.