Eoin Morgan has returned as captain of the England cricket team for the Vitality IT20 series against Pakistan. On Wednesday, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced a 16-member squad for the series.
Saqib Mahmood and Lewis Gregory have been recalled to the T20 squad after their brilliant performances in the ODI series. Saqib was the highest wicket-taker in the series with nine wickets in three matches. He was also the Player of The Series. Lewis scored 117 runs in three matches at an average of 58.50.
Morgs returns for the Vitality IT20 series against Pakistan!
🏴 #ENGvPAK 🇵🇰
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 14, 2021
England’s vice-captain Jos Butler, Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Adil Rashid, and Moeen Ali also return to the squad after missing the three-match ODI series due to the COVID outbreak in the squad. Ben Stokes, who stood in for Morgan as the captain has been rested. The other notable absentees are Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, and Sam Billings. Paul Collingwood will return as the interim head coach of England. Chris Silverwood who was filling in for Collingwood in the ODI series is set to go back on leave.
A statement released by the ECB confirms that all the selected players have tested negative for the Covid-19 virus.
The three-match T20I is set to begin from July 16 at Nottingham.
England Squad for the T20I series: Eoin Morgan (C), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Tom Banton, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Lewis Gregory, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Saqib Mahmood, Dawid Malan, Matt Parkinson, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey
Pakistan Squad for the T20I series: Babar Azam (C), Fakhar Zaman, Sharjeel Khan, Sohaib Maqsood, Mohammed Hafeez, Usman Qadir, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Azam Khan, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Khan, Arshad Iqbal, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Hasnain, Shaheen Afridi