Following seven positive Covid-19 tests among the team’s players and management, England’s white-ball squads were compelled to self-isolate two days before the commencement of their ODI series against Pakistan.

Three players and four members of management have been infected. “Those affected will now undergo a period of self-isolation beginning July 4 in coordination with Public Health England, Public Health Wales, and Bristol Local Health Authority, following the UK Government’s quarantine procedure,” the ECB said in a statement. “The remaining members of the party have been deemed close contacts and will also isolate.”

The ECB has confirmed that the limited-overs series against Pakistan will go ahead as scheduled, with Ben Stokes set to return to international duty ahead of schedule and captain a completely different squad. A handful of players have been pulled from the current round of County Championship fixtures to join the new team and will be subjected to PCR tests to confirm the new squad’s safety.

“We have been concerned that the development of the Delta strain, along with our move away from tight enforcement of bio safe environments, could enhance the odds of an epidemic,” said Tom Harrison, the ECB’s chief executive. We made the strategic decision to try to alter measures in order to promote the overall well-being of our players and management personnel, who have spent much of the last 14 months living in extremely confined spaces.

England revised squad for Pakistan ODIs – Ben Stokes (C), Jake Ball, Danny Briggs, Brydon Carse, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Lewis Gregory, Tom Helm, Will Jacks, Daniel Lawrence, Saqib Mahmood, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Matt Parkinson, David Payne, Phil Salt, John Simpson, James Vince