PAK vs ENG, First Test: Several England players including Ben Stokes fall sick before the series opener



Ben Stokes’ England arrive in Pakistan after 17 years in a Test series starting on Thursday. Prior to the opening of the series in Rawalpindi, the English campaign received such a huge success that several players were reported to have fallen ill. However, England and Wales are awaiting an official word on the matter cricket Council (European Central Bank).

According to the Daily Mail report, at least ten English players, including Ben Stokes, were put down for a foul in less than 24 hours before the first ball was bowled. It is known that it is not known whether England will have to make changes to the squad they announced on Tuesday. At the same time, an unnamed team spokesperson was also reported to have told the Daily Mail that the symptoms were not related to Covid.

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It was entirely possible, the report added, that all players would recover in time before cricket began. The report said England employed its own chef for the tour, although the bug was not believed to be related to food.

Earlier, Stokes confirmed his squad for the match on Tuesday with Liam Livingston set to debut, but the report from several members of the affected squad could lead to last-minute changes.

The England Test captain also announced that he would donate his entire match fee from the upcoming Test series against Pakistan to the country’s flood relief appeal.

“It is great to be in Pakistan for the first time in this historic series. To be back here after 17 years as a Test side is very exciting. There is a sense of responsibility between the playing group and the support and to be there especially,” Stokes said.

“The floods that ravaged Pakistan earlier this year were very sad, and had a huge impact on the country and the people. The game has given me so much in my life and I feel it is right to give back something that goes far beyond cricket.”

“I will be donating my match fees from this Test series to the Pakistan Flood Appeal. We hope this donation will go towards rebuilding the areas most affected by the floods in Pakistan,” Stokes wrote in his Twitter statement.

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Only five England players – Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Harry Brook and Keaton Jennings – who are not part of the opening Test playing XI attended the optional netting session at the Rawalpindi Cricket Ground on Wednesday.

(with agency input)

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